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Cantona: Football Is Not For The Rich

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.”


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35 Comments

  1. batmanie says:

    well said Eric

  2. Zelh says:

    football really has gone mad..

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Couldn’t agree more with the great man

    “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.”

    Hope he can bring that philosophy back to United after he proves it can work successfully in a great market like NYC.

  4. Mic says:

    What you’re forgetting is that £80 tickets are for the wheelchair bound, it’s a lot more expensive if you’re not disabled…football…eh?

  5. Costas says:

    Damn right.

  6. Dave Malaysia says:

    Well said,King.

  7. Samim says:

    Of course its too expencive. And the rich man likes football in field otherwise they dont need to knw about dat. Cause they r always busy. Bt other peoples likes football frm their hear, their soul lyk me.

  8. Samim says:

    Of course its too expencive. And the rich man likes football in field otherwise they dont need to knw about dat. Cause they r always busy. Bt other peoples likes football frm their heart, their soul lyk me.

  9. TonyBee says:

    ummm Samnin your grammar is hopeless……but your Grandad is okay …..guffaw guffaw….

  10. MG says:

    The King (the real one not the Anfield one) has spoken

    If Cantona ran the game this game would come back to it’s roots

    Unfortunately you have fucking idiots like Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini running the horror show

    Oh well… to coin a phrase from the neighbours maybe in the future :)

  11. fergie is the boss says:

    the irony of uefa when they moan at rich owners, and then we see these prices. I like football but they can shove these prices where the son dont shine, could better things to do than give my cash to these bottom feeders

  12. Gazluv1st says:

    When the sardines follow the trawler it is because some seagulls have got a few quid.

  13. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Absolute spot on Eric. Having said that I am applying for the 2 tickets going on general sale so I can fleece someone on the day which in turn may enable me to get back a season ticket next season. Football is too expensive and is full of middle class and toffs and it shows in the atmosphere in home matches. Can any of us honestly expect things to change? UEFA bunch of money hungry cunts charging that much for tickets in a time of a recession. Football is supposed to bring people together, yeah people from rich backgrounds.

  14. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Michel Platini was always a bottler. He didn’t want to play in England due to it being a mans game over here with no winter break. Fucking pansy.

  15. Tom Addison says:

    He’s wrong at the very end there, that’s just reverse snobbery, but on the whole I’d say he’s right. Bayern Munich have such a system whereby tickets cost more for wealthier fans in order to subsidize tickets for the less well off. If society is progressive, why can’t football be?

  16. Doghouse says:

    Have to say though, while it’s got more and more expensive to watch the games live, at least more people can actually watch the matches, and thanks to streaming you don’t have to pay.

  17. denton davey says:

    Doghouse @ 21:47: “thanks to streaming you don’t have to pay.”

    FOR NOW.

    For the Big14, finding a way to cut out “streaming” and charge for watching matches over the internet/phone connection is the pot of gold that will make the rich much, much richer. It’s probably that over-the-rainbow dream that keeps the Glazers holding on to the investment in UTD. Otherwise, the rumours of a sale to the Qataris, which could give them a 750 million pound bonanza, would be too good to resist.

  18. T4M says:

    HE COULDNT HAVE SAID IT BETTER.FOOTBALL IS TURNING ON ITS HEAD AND THE EARLIER THESE DIPLOMATS LEAVE(BLATTER AND CO) WE COULD LOSE THE GAME.FOOTBALL SHOULD BE RUN BY FORMER PLAYERS AND MANAGERS.

  19. T4M says:

    cantona for fifa/uefa president!!!

  20. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ denton davey – Good post mate. Streaming is the alternative but nothing replictaes watching United live in person. Nothing.

  21. willierednut says:

    I’d like to stream Megan Fox in 3D.

  22. wayne says:

    ok talking about one of my pet peeves its not just football its every sport and the main problem is players wages.i’m not sticking up for the owners just going to go with facts,when i watched utd every week had a league match book[season tickets worth more than gold in my day] cost 1 pound a game and there was never the player movement not many players going to europe and vice versa.
    i moved to canada in the early 80′s anyone who’s a hockey fan, i used to watch the great oiler side gretzky,messier,coffey etc anyway good tickets around 20.00 dollars about 12 pounds,both sports are working class now best seats at calgary flames are150 pounds a game,the 12 pound seats are now a 100 pounds and the nose bleed section cost 42 pounds
    most clubs in the nhl just like alot of football clubs lose money,the one constant in both sports are players wages have gone crazy.this is the ironic thing players greed are ruining sports in general.

  23. Lovin' United says:

    A tiny tear roll down my cheeks as I read that.

    Well said Eric!

  24. jespermoses says:

    Working class sport….always has been maybe not always will be…….

  25. Zalee says:

    I think King Eric should become the next president of UEFA replacing Michel Platini & Sir Alex the next FIFA president replacing Sepp Blatter. Because comparing those 2 (platini & blatter) this 2 (cantona & ferguson) are the man whose life dedicated to football

  26. Raizzen says:

    LONG LIVE THE KING. HOW WE HAVE MISSED YA ON THE PITCH.

  27. anderson08 says:

    Read the full article, Cantona is God, no doubt about that, hopefully, he proves to be a good manager and one day fills the boots fo SAF.

  28. NEED TO FEEL THE LOVE says:

    WAS OUT WITH SOME OLD BUDDIES ON THURSDAY AND MY MATE SAID THAT HE HAD BEEN IN A BOX AT OLD TRAFFORD THIS SEASON AND REALLY ENJOYED THE CRAIC A DEBATE ENSUED HE SAID THAT IF HE HAD THE MONEY HE WAOULD INVEST IN A BOX ME MAYBE BEING A BIT SHORTSIGHTED DISMISSED THE IDEA AND SAID YOU WILL NEVER GET ME IN A BOX AT OLD TRAFFORD THE CONVERSATION RUMMBLED ON AND IN THE END DECIDED THAT MIGHT BE THE ONLY WAY WE WOULD BE ALL ABLE TO WATCH THE GAME TOGETHER WHILST AT THE SAME TIME AGREEING THAT THE GAME HAD BECOME DOMINATED BY THE MIDDLE CLASSES AND HAD LONG SINCE PASSED AS BEING THE WORKING MANS GAME VIVA LA REVOLOUTION

  29. veek says:

    king eric should run against blatter.

  30. piggysbeeftrousers says:

    I’ve been trying to make this point, much less successfully and much much less eloquently, to mates for a few years. Going to the game has become a rare treat rather than a regular thing for too many people who have been priced out and can’t justify the cost of a ticket… and eventually the whole thing is going to collapse in on itself because the ones who REALLY care are being pushed away.

  31. King Eric says:

    Need to feel the love – The only thing the boxes are good for are to peer in and watch replays.

  32. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Need to Feel The Love “YOU WILL NEVER GET ME IN A BOX AT OLD TRAFFORD ” – Thats the stance you should adopt.

    If I ever wear a shirt and trousers to football it will be because Sky will have seen the light and hired me to replace Richard Keys!!!!

  33. kaihnsn says:

    always in awe reading cantona interview.

  34. MyCowIsTheBest says:

    another amazing piece from the King.. cant help being more and more impressed.

  35. SteniS says:

    I love you Eric. Please come back and set things right…

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