How JPMorgan got itself all tangled up in European football’s fan culture
29 April 2021 | 7:00 am
Apologies from Wall Street don't happen often. Yet JPMorgan's backing of the now doomed Super League forced it into a rare mea culpa. It might prove an enduring lesson as the battle for football's soul continues.
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