Sunday, 12 May 2019

It's Not a Matter of Life and Death- It's More Important Than That?

The stupidities of the European football money-go-round are highlighted by the recent success of four England-based teams in reaching the two UEFA finals, one in Madrid and the other in Baku (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/11/anger-carbon-bootprint-english-football-finals-champions-league-europa-league). Although the main complaints by fans are about ticket allocations and the prices charged (for tickets, travel and accommodation), it has been estimated that the air travel alone undertaken by UK fans, who can currently get to the finals, will add around 35,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. At a time when people are concerned about climate change, this is totally unnecessary (I appreciate that the organisers like to spread their largesse around the continent but they need to show some intelligence). It appears, from that report, that UEFA also has a cunning plan to increase the 'boot-print' of air travel by fans who follow the national European teams!

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