Euro chief Juncker tells Cantona to stick to football

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The head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Monday that French football legend Eric Cantona's web campaign for citizens to empty bank accounts and punish the financial sector was "irresponsible".

"I have various feelings towards the financial sector, but I find the operation you are referring to totally irresponsible," Luxembourg Prime Minister Juncker said after talks in Brussels.

Tens of thousands of people have said they will take up the call made by former Manchester United icon Cantona in a video interview to bring down the "corrupt, criminal" banking system next Tuesday.

"The three million people in the street, they go to the bank, withdraw their money, and the banks collapse... That's a real threat, there's a real revolution," Cantona said in the video that has gone viral on the Internet.

But Juncker joined French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde in criticising the now film star's campaign, saying citizens "do not have the savings he has."

European Union economic affairs commissioner Olli Rehn, once a director of a Finnish first division club, said he considered himself a Man United fan, but added: "I think Mr Cantona is a better footballer than he is an economist."

© 2010 AFP

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