Many sportsmen and in particular former players of Red Star but also several politicians like Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Benoît Hamon sign in The world a platform against the sale of the Red Star.
Several personalities from sport, culture and politics, including the leader of rebellious France Jean-Luc Mélenchon, denounced on Friday the sale to an American fund of the football club Red Star and called on supporters to “block the sale” from “this common good”.
In a column published in The world the signatories, which also include the national secretary of the French Communist Party, Fabien Roussel, affirm that the Red Star, a National club (third division) based in Saint-Ouen, is “a common good that should not be sacrificed on the altar of profit».
The Red Star was 100% sold to the American investment fund, 777 Partners, “based in a tax haven run by Josh Wanders, already owner or shareholder of clubs in Brazil, Belgium, Spain or Italy“, they denounce.
Regretting that French football is “has become a new El Dorado for these financial predators“, the signatories, who include many former club players, sports journalists and supporters’ associations, are surprised that “the football authorities do not express themselves and turn a blind eye”, and call on the legislature to “react and take hold of this issue».
The signatories, who also include the former PS presidential candidate in France Benoît Hamon, the LFI deputy François Ruffin or the EELV mayor of Grenoble Éric Piolle, call “all Red Star supporters and football lovers across the country to block the sale and mobilize to make this fight a national fight against football business and defend another vision of football».
The sale of Red Star to 777 Partners has provoked a revolt among supporters who fear the dissolution of the identity of the club, founded in 1897, and who interrupted a league match against Sète in April at the legendary Bauer stadium to protest.
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