The Role of Gulf Money in the European Super League’s ‘Own Goal’

Chelsea fans protest outside Stamford Bridge stadium in London, against Chelsea’s decision to be included among the clubs attempting to form a new European Super League, April 20, 2021 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).
Chelsea fans protest outside Stamford Bridge stadium in London, against Chelsea’s decision to be included among the clubs attempting to form a new European Super League, April 20, 2021 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).
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Editor’s Note: This is the web version of our subscriber-only weekly newsletter, Middle East Memo, which takes a look at what’s happening, what’s being said and what’s on the horizon in the Middle East. Subscribe to receive it by email every Monday. If you’re already a subscriber, adjust your newsletter settings to receive it. What does the Middle East have to do with the spectacular launch, crash and burn of the European Super League? Though indirect, the influence of Gulf Arab state backers’ financial largesse on European soccer played a major role in the shifts that gave birth to the […]

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