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Nothing wrong with the cup as a standalone idea, just a harmless way to slap a trophy or few onto a blatant cash-grab, but it seems to be symbolic of potential problems appearing on the horizon for club football.
But looking at a few clips of this season's fustercluck of a competition, it seems as though the fans in the 'big market' countries these games are taken to might have started to have enough. While the numbers are still high, a lot of the attendance figures don't seem to help when comparing to the stadium capacities they're being played in (the Manchester derby game in Beijing allegedly only had 40,000 out of 80,000 tickets sold at the time of cancellation).
High ticket prices are thought to be a big reason behind the empty seats, maybe it's a combination of that and the fans in those countries refusing to pay that much to watch weakened teams, but surely playing in those kinds of surroundings can't be worth the hassle of going out there, casual fans seeing pictures like that must do more harm to 'the brand' than any good they accumulate on their trip...
So the interesting question here is: have those big clubs discovered 'the limit' of what they can get away with, and will they now start to backtrack on their ticket prices and all-round excesses?