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Liverpool board leads 2-1 in court cases with end now in sight

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SOCCER-LIVERPOOL/Here we go again. After another legal victory in the High Court for the Liverpool board and main creditor RBS, all eyes turn to Dallas, where a new hearing on the ownership battle is underway.

Wednesday’s original ruling had, it seemed, paved the way for Liverpool to be sold for 300 million pounds ($479.8 million) to New England Sports Ventures (NESV) — owners of the Boston Red Sox — but that was before George Gillett and Tom Hicks obtained a temporary block in a Texas district court.

Lawyers for Royal Bank of Scotland went back before the same judge in London Thursday and he granted an injunction to restrain the Dallas court ruling, saying the case had no connection to Texas.

“The owners’ behavior conclusively demonstrates just how incorrigible they are,” he said. “They are absolutely determined to stop this transaction in its tracks and they have no lawful justification for behaving in this way.”

Liverpool board wins right to sell but another court battle looms

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Updates at 0029 GMT, Thursday after Texas court injunction and Liverpool statement.

Liverpool were given the go-ahead to sell the club when a High Court judge backed the club’s board but another court battle could be on the cards after current co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett obtained an injunction in Texas to block the sale.

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