November 17, 2021
General News

Uefa can’t continue to play politics by its own rules

Uefa, a multi-billion euro monopoly that controls one of the most profitable commodities in Europe and wields the influence of a small nation state, is an unlikely champion of the idea that sport and politics don’t mix. European football’s organising body doesn’t actually believe this, of course. It knows the two things are indivisible, and that this is a large part of the sport’s popular appeal.

But it also knows that persisting with the fiction that football takes place in a sterile environment insulated from the world beyond the turnstiles is itself a convenient means of maintaining its most lucrative asset: control. What Uefa really means is: we’ll allow politics, but only on our terms.

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