Simon Jordan’s dislike of football agents is well-known, but he took it to new levels by labelling Mino Raiola a ‘parasite’ during their heated exchange on Thursday.
The talkSPORT host and super agent clashed on Jordan and White over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s desire to take legal action against EA Sports in a row over image rights.
Ibrahimovic insists he has not given EA Sports permission to his name and likeness in FIFA gamesAFP
Earlier this week, the AC Milan striker, who is represented by Raiola, tweeted it is ‘time to investigate’ how EA Sports use his name and likeness in their annual games.
After Jordan asked Raiola why he did not seek an injunction against EA Sports in previous years, the pair got into a heated exchange, which you can read below.
Jordan: I suspect this is about money.
Raiola: It’s all about money. It’s all about the important money because it’s not EA Sports, it’s not a charity foundation.
“For you, nothing is about money because you do everything for charity because you’re the nicest guy in the world.
Jordan: I endure listening to you as charity, yeah.
Raiola: This is about money, this is about rights, this is about who can exploit whose rights. It’s a principle. Why we don’t do things before or after is a call we will make and we won’t explain now. This is the moment now it’s come out.
Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years.Time to investigate
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 23, 2020
Jordan: This isn’t about principle. If you go to court for a principle, you’ll lose. You go to court on a point of law. I’ve been into court many, many times on many, many levels from tens of millions to 50p.
Raiola: Listen. You are the best guy in England. Not in England, the world.
Jordan: Mino, I realise you are a law unto yourself and ultimately you can’t be challenged but there is no need to be facetious.
Raiola: I’m not on the radio programme to discuss with you what our strategy it. I’m here to say we have a position that EA Sports doesn’t have the right to the players in that game.
Jordan: And I’m asking you a question because it’s not an advertorial for you. It’s a debate.
Raiola: Their statement is that I have bought those rights. That is what their statement is today. We are saying those rights cannot be bought by the organisations.
Jordan: What this is about is someone like you popping up saying, ‘we’re missing an opportunity here’. And ultimately, ‘I can monetise and of course I’ll be paid a commission on that’.
Raiola represents several top footballersGetty Images – Getty
Raiola: You know what the nice thing is? I don’t give a damn about what your opinion is and what you think it is. That’s the thing here. And what you think about me is totally irrelevant.
Jordan: Mino, I have no opinion on you. You’re about as troublesome to me as a cloudy day. I’m asking you a question.
Raiola: You’re not asking me a question. You’re affirming that I do things because of a reason.
I’m doing this thing, because it’s very simple, this is a right of my players that cannot be touched.
This talk is now over, Jim [White] , because you need to give Simon his own programme. The next time you invite me, invite for Jim and not for Simon. Have a nice day and have fun with Simon. You should have one main show.
After the argument, Jordan did not hold back in his opinion of Raiola.
He said: “If Mino wants to behave like a child because somebody asks him a few questions, that’s his business.
“I don’t think it’s right for him to come on our show and get an advertorial. Of course, I mustn’t talk across him but I wanted to get into the point because we’ve got a limited amount of time.
“This is about money, it’s not about principle. They may well have a case.
“EA’s position, they will be either right or wrong, this is a multi-billion pound business. Mino Raiola is a parasite that lives off other people’s earnings.
Simon Jordan was in fine form on ThursdayNews Group Newspapers Ltd
“He’ll have a lot to say about what will and won’t be. But these are big boys. We will either see that they have done something they shouldn’t and if they have, I don’t suspect it takes eight years to do.
“It doesn’t take eight years to get people into court, it doesn’t take people eight years to injunct somebody.
“If you are offended by the fact your player, aka [also know as] your cash cow, is not getting what he should be getting, you would have dealt with this eight years ago.”