JPMorgan bank drew the wrath of football fans on Tuesday, after announcing it was supporting the European Super League to the tune of around $ 4 billion (€ 3.3 billion). On Sunday, 12 big clubs from England, Italy and Spain, including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Manchester United, announced their intention to participate in this new closed league. This announcement sparked outrage in the sports community. Top players, as well as government officials, spoke out against the new championship.
As of Tuesday afternoon, several clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester City, would have decided to withdraw from the league after criticism. Chelsea supporters protested outside the team’s stadium on Tuesday, leading the club to pull out on the same day. On Twitter, many football fans called for a boycott of JPMorgan. “If your bank is @jpmorgan, put your money somewhere else,” one fan posted on Twitter. “Say NO to the #SuperLeague.”
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Fans also called for a boycott of services that would broadcast Super League games, pointing fingers at Amazon and ESPN.
“To all footballers: If the Super League comes, don’t choose which TV channels they’ll use: If they can’t make the money, JP Morgan and those greedy clubs will soon lose their motivation,” wrote a Twitter user.
The US bank declined to comment on its support for the competition
European Super League streaming rights could be a big windfall for media groups like ESPN and Amazon Prime, likely on par with the National Football League.
Amazon reacted and claimed that it “understands[ait] and shared[eait] fan concerns. ”The company said it had not been involved in any discussions regarding the new league.
One of the main concerns of the supporters was that this new league be controlled by the American companies. The Super L makes one think more of the American sports championships than of their European counterparts, because it would no longer integrate low-level teams.
Some fans have said that JPMorgan is trying to turn European football into a “greedy” entity like the NFL.
Other fans made jokes and posted memes about the company’s decision.
The US bank declined to comment on its support for the league. According to the New York Times, the founding members of the project have already filed petitions in several courts against any attempt to stop the initiative.
Version originale : Grace Kay/Insider
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