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Nobility, Immorality and Football

Rodrigo Monteiro de Castro's picture
Published: 11/06/20 - Country: Brazil

The word nobility not only denotes a state of social stratification or the recognition that inequality derives from a divine design. It also draws an ethical meaning that has been lacking in human beings, globally. It evokes righteousness, consideration, acceptance and dignity. The decay and abolition of royal houses in past centuries is associated, in some way, with the popular perception that these characteristics were lost in time - or eventually never existed.

The notable centenary resistance of the English crown, on the other hand, is not only due to the subjects' spiritual conviction; today, it also stems from the political convention that it plays a differentiating role in relation to other nations. Not only that, in fact: that its spread generates, in addition to a feeling of conviction in the tradition and the grandeur of the kingdom, dividends. It has therefore become an instrument of containment of the masses and of economic policy.

Even so, the crown cannot be denied, intrinsically, a lack of nobility; on the contrary, its members can be exemplars of human beings who often give their lives to preserve ritualistic continuity, even on account of their personal desires or happiness.

The crown series, available on Netflix, makes a historical cut to tell, from Queen Elizabeth II, facts connected to her closest predecessors and her successors - and she, of course.

The event involving his uncle, King Edward VIII, is a remarkable one. Direct successor to King George V, who died in 1936, has had a very short reign, which started on January 20 and ended on December 11 of the same year, as a result of an abdicatory act, which shook the Empire.

The monarch passed over the highest position that a human being could hold - at least at that time, when the United States had not yet confirmed itself as a hegemonic country and, thus, its president became the most powerful person on the planet -, for a woman, who had been morally and legally rejected by the crown, for collecting two divorces.

The scene of the coronation of his niece, Elizabeth, which took place years later, in the wake of the passing of her father, King George VI, reveals the torture dilemma that involved the decision of then King Edward VIII. He follows the ceremony on television, in a villa located in the Bois de Boulogne; around him, dozens of guests to whom he explained the liturgy. At a certain moment, it narrates the relevance of the most holy, sacred and solemn of the coronation rituals: the anointing; a ritual that, in this case, would transform a young girl, inexperienced and, according to him, of little imagination, into a goddess. Confronted by one of the guests about possible regret in relation to the abdication, he replies that he had opted for something even greater: love.

Nobility, in an ethical - and moral - sense, is what seems to be lacking in the commanders of Brazilian football and the agents chosen by them, in a moment of undeniable collective affliction, to embark on an opportunistic adventure with the purpose of imposing on the players and the society - and, indirectly, to the teams that should protect and watch over - the account of the delay and failure of a model that, everyone already knows, is unfeasible and unsustainable.

With undisguised contempt for the rescue movement and redefinition of the new football regulatory framework - started in 2016 with the proposal, by then Federal Deputy Otavio Leite (PSDB / RJ), of PL 5.082 / 16, which was followed, in chronological order, by PL 5,516 / 19, authored by Senator Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM / MG) and by PL 5,082-A, by Federal Representative Pedro Paulo (DEM / RJ), who, incidentally, have passed, for some weeks, dedicated and necessary process of convergence - an attempt was made to advance in the Chamber of Deputies, days ago, in an emergency regime, with the bill 2.125 / 20 ("PL 2.125"), authored by Federal Deputy Artur Maia (DEM / BA ), which ended up being removed from the agenda for its inappropriate content, above all for the violation of the rights of special workers, who are soccer players.

In order to try to alleviate the proposed misunderstanding, the PL 2.125 rapporteur, Federal Deputy Marcelo Aro (PP / MG), would have stated that he was, in fact, against the supersalary, and that he wanted to fight millionaire players who rely on contracts1 - as if the observance of a contract signed by the clubs (hyper enough, in relation to their players) was illegal or immoral.

In any case, the debate must be redirected in order to reach an outcome appropriate to the interests of the fans and the Brazilian people. This is because there is nothing that can be saved in PL 2.125, when analyzed in isolation.

It is just another advance on the treasury, according to others that have been practiced in the recent past, and that will make possible, this time, the end of mandates of certain leaders or that will prepare the environment so that, in a few years, new collective relief is formulated - and granted by the State.

In fact, with the imminent defeat related to the attempt to distribute the account to the players, millionaires or not - which represents the only purposeful novelty - an attempt is now being made to create an environment to legitimize the transfer of the burden of the football crisis to taxpayers, through the defense or the reduction of resistance over the other aspects of PL 2.125, which do not move public opinion, such as suspension of payments and installments of tax debts. The referral is equally indefensible and immoral.

If they had any nobility of spirit - and if they really loved their teams - the agents who run football, and who know of its structural infeasibility, would no longer repeat proposals that resemble the purchase of bottles of mineral water to purify the tietê river and they would support proposals that, following the same figure of speech, will solve the cause of the contamination and effectively clean the environment.

They are right there, in the Congress, at an advanced stage - and almost ready to, once the congressional ritual is overcome, honorably fulfill their social, educational and economic functions.

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Rodrigo Monteiro de Castro's picture

Rodrigo Monteiro de Castro is specialized in corporate and business laws, corporate transactions (M&A), capital markets and contracts.

He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD degree in Commercial Law from PUC-SP. MBA from INSPER. Founder and Former Chairman of the Institute of Applied Corporate Law (“Instituto de Direito Societário Aplicado – IDSA”) (2004-2010). Chairman of the “Movimento de Defesa da Advocacia – MDA” and a member of the Organizing Committee of the Brazilian Congress of Commercial Law (“Congresso Brasileiro de Direito Comercial”). Chairman of the Monitoring Committee for the New Brazilian Commercial Code of the São Paulo Bar Association OAB/SP). Professor of Commercial Law at the Mackenzie Presbiterian University. Author of several books and papers and co-author of Bill No 4,303/12 (Sociedade Anônima Simplificada) and Bill No 5,082/16 (Soccer Corporation).