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Football is a power in its own right. The secession of a dozen European clubs, announced in the middle of the night on Monday April 19, is at first sight only a matter of private law. However, in a few hours and at the highest level, it caused an avalanche of press releases. Downing Street, the Elysee, Brussels… The chancelleries would not have reacted more quickly if it had been a question of a coup attempt. Is this really reasonable? Sure, no. But unreason is precisely the end of this story. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, ​​Manchester United and their acolytes seem collectively seized by the madness of grandeur. At least they have the honesty to play their cards right on the table, without hiding what drives them. Sponsored by an investment banking giant, JP Morgan, they justify the decision to organize their own closed competition by the fact that it would generate “Additional resources”. The twelve clubs intend to share nearly 3.5 billion euros from the first competition, against 2 billion for the current Champions League. At the very principle of this project, there is the increase in profits for the richest clubs. This fable devoid of morality – so much does it seem to concentrate all the excesses of sport business – naturally attracts the wrath of politics. In the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson sees it as a project “Very damaging for football”. In France, the Presidency of the Republic ensures that “The State will support all (…) to protect the integrity of competitions ”. The European Commission is angry with an idea “Contrary to the values ​​of the Union”. Difficult to prove them wrong. It would be a shame that a year of games behind closed doors due to a pandemic leads to a European closed circuit championship.

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