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French Soccer Federation loses 24 million euros as a result of COVID-19, director-general says

Hardouin additionally warned of the necessity to juggle the “different uncertainty” surrounding the deepening dispute between the Skilled Soccer League (LFP) and Spanish broadcasters Mediapro over the cost of tv rights.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentina striker Mauro Icardi kicks the ball in the course of the French L1 soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Angers (SCO) at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on October 2 2020 (photograph by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

Paris: The French Soccer Federation (FFF) has suffered a lack of round 24 million euros ($ 28.6 million) because the summer season as a result of coronavirus pandemic, its director normal Florence Hardouin advised AFP on Friday.

Hardouin stated the federation of World Cup holders hoped to recoup a number of the losses if, as hoped, spectators had been allowed to renew matches early subsequent yr.

“Since July 1, now we have misplaced round 24 million euros. I do not assume it is going to get any worse due to Covid as a result of there’s hope that the stadiums can refill once more in March, ”she stated.

Hardouin additionally warned of the necessity to juggle the “different uncertainty” surrounding the deepening dispute between the Skilled Soccer League (LFP) and Spanish broadcasters Mediapro over the cost of tv rights.

In 2018, Mediapro received 80% of the TV rights of the French elite, Ligue 1, below a contract costing 780 million euros per yr between 2020 and 2024.

After settling its first installment, the group refused to pay the 172 million euros owed in October, demanding a drop within the worth as a result of pandemic.

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