Many athletes, especially former players of the Red Star, and several politicians such as Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Benoît Hamon signed in Le Monde a tribune against the sale of the Red Star.
Several cultural and political figures, including Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the France insoumise, denounced Friday the football club Red Star sale to an American fund and urged supporters to “block the sale.”
In an article published in Le Monde, the signatories, including also the national secretary of the French Communist Party, Fabien Roussel, say that the Red Star, a National club (third division) based in Saint-Ouen, is “a common good that must not be sacrificed on the altar of profit.”
The Red Star was sold 100% to the American investment fund, 777 Partners, “based in a tax haven led by Josh Wanders, already owner or shareholder of clubs in Brazil, Belgium, Spain or Italy,” they denounce.
Regrettably, French football has “become for these financial predators a new Eldorado.” The signatories, who include several former players, journalists, and supporters’ associations, are surprised that “the football authorities do not express themselves and do nothing” and call on the legislative power to “react and seize this issue.”.”
The signatories, which also include the former PS presidential candidate in France Benoit Hamon, LFI deputy Francois Ruffin and the EELV mayor of Grenoble Eric Piolle, call on “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 the Red Star to 777 Partners has caused a revolt among fans who fear the dissolution of the club’s identity, founded in 1897, and who interrupted a league match against Sete in April at the mythical Bauer stadium to protest.