In the same week that Michel Platini has announced that the cheapest tickets available for the European Cup final will cost £80, Eric Cantona has slammed the current state of football, with the working classes becoming priced out of attending matches.
“What I think is a shame is that people from lower backgrounds can’t afford to go to the stadium anymore,” Cantona told ESPN. “These are the real fans of football. The game is in their blood. Football is not for rich people. Sure, rich people love football, but it is not such a big part of their life like it is for the working class. I think clubs should make a quarter or half of the stadium where the tickets are not expensive, where these people don’t have to make a big sacrifice to go to the game. It’s their children who will grow up to be the great professional players, not the children of rich people.”