Soccer Star Boots the Banks
Posted on Nov 21, 2010
While European economies stutter and protests in a number of European countries continue to go unanswered, it’s almost hilarious that we may turn to 1990s soccer sensation Eric Cantona for help. A Cantona interview has become a YouTube sensation, launching a political movement based on non-participation within capitalism.
Cantona, who still is the quintessential rebel of European soccer, advised protesters to take their money out of the banks so the system would collapse: “We don’t pick up weapons to kill people to start the revolution. The revolution is really easy to do nowadays. What is the system? The system is based on the power of the banks. So it must be destroyed starting with the banks.”
Watch the YouTube video of the interview (complete with a cheesy, faux-epic soundtrack) here. —JCL
As students and public sector workers across Europe prepare for a winter of protests, they have been offered advice from the archetypal football rebel Eric Cantona.
Cantona was once a famous exponent of direct action against adversaries on and off the pitch. In 1995 he was given a nine-month ban after launching a karate kick at a Crystal Palace fan who shouted racist abuse at the former Manchester United star after he was sent off. But while sympathising with the predicament of the protesters in France, the now retired Cantona is urging a more sophisticated approach to dissent.
The 44-year-old former footballer recommended a run on the cash reserves of the world’s banks during a newspaper interview that was also filmed. The interview has become a YouTube hit and has spawned a new political movement.
Eric Cantona was a star forward for Manchester United during the 1990s.