THE ill-fated European Super League arrived in our inboxes on Sunday evening.
It was set to be a money-grabbing, greedy enterprise in an already commercialised sport.
After years of dissipating the magic of the beautiful game – whether it be by pouring oil money into clubs, shutting out ordinary fans through high ticket prices or taking games off terrestrial TV – this was to prove a step too far for fans.
Fans of all types marched against the owners ripping the soul out of their clubs, which, in many cases, were built when workers came together.
Scenes at Chelsea and Arsenal saw people come together because they understood one simple thing – the elite were shafting them.
By Tuesday, clubs started sheepishly pulling out. The elitist dream was dead.
Football fans haven’t stopped there.
Numerous ‘Supporters’ Trusts’ have already reported a sharp increase in membership this week. Some see them as football’s version of a trade union.
They will now push for fan ownership, cheaper tickets and reduced commercialisation of clubs.
The scenes – in the press, on social media, on the ground – could be seen as a model for effective protest going forward.
And more importantly, there is now a clear impetus to realise that the ‘Super League’ and greedy owners are experienced in all walks of life.
If fans own a club, why shouldn’t workers all have stock in a company? If this can be communicated effectively, both the public and private sector could be forced to make huge concessions to avoid similar scenes and outrage.
Covid-19 has provided, amidst everything else, remarkable opportunities for progressives to push their agenda onto the masses.
Last week Yanis Varoufakis, Naomi Klein and Stephanie Kelton all pondered why the infamous ‘Magic Money Tree’ suddenly appeared when the pandemic hit.
We wrote up the full report:
Elsewhere, it’s not all good for the left, who simply aren’t getting their message through. A surprise loss in Ecuador was down to anti-Correa sentiment, an expert told us.
And in conflict news, the oft-underreported case of Mozambique has once again come to the fore. New contributor Michael Maitland-Jones analysed the situation in the war-torn African nation.
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