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Offbeat L1 clubs on the brink of bankruptcy?

01:20  22 may  2020
01:20  22 may  2020 Source:   sports.fr

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Le bilan financier établi par la LFP est inquiétant © Provided by Sports.fr The financial balance sheet drawn up by the LFP is worrying Several Ligue 1 clubs are "on the verge of filing for bankruptcy" according to Mediapart, which has obtained LFP documents. The club deficit could reach 541 million euros as of June 30. This is the crisis in Ligue 1 . Each year, with very rare exceptions, French professional clubs are in the habit of announcing losses, sometimes filled by their shareholders, under the control of the DNCG. For the 2018-2019 season, the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs posted an overall deficit of 160 million euros, including 126 million euros for L1 alone, and 91 million euros for OM alone. In 2020, the results will be much worse. Logically, clubs should show much larger losses by June 30. These correspond to the TV rights that the broadcasters refused to pay, and to the revenues that they could not touch with the matches that have been canceled (ticketing, sponsorship, partnerships ...). In total, the invoice linked to the Covid-19 would be estimated by the LFP at 586 million euros, regarding the loss of products. Recently, Jean-Michel Aulas spoke of global losses to the tune of 700 million euros. "There are clubs that will not spend the summer" To find cash, the clubs will receive aid from the State, via a guaranteed loan of 224.5 million euros. But this sum will not be enough to make up for all the deficits. "Despite this aid, some are on the verge of bankruptcy", is worried about Mediapart , which is based on economic documents from the LFP. One of them, in particular, projects on what the deficit posted by the 20 Ligue 1 teams should be at next June 30, at the end of the fiscal year. The colossal net deficit could thus climb to 541 million euros. Only a few clubs would benefit, very few. For others, the losses would be very significant. On the document, we see the estimated losses, club by club, even if the formations are not directly cited. The club in most difficulty would post 206.3 million deficit. It is probably the Olympique de Marseille . Three other teams are also largely in the red, with 127.6 million, 59 million and 54.1 million euros. Mediapart adds that "the Girondins de Bordeaux, AS Saint-Etienne and even Losc de Lille seem to be the most threatened" but is unable to confirm which figure corresponds to which club. This situation is worrying, according to Christophe Dugarry. "There are clubs that will not spend the summer, with or without a crisis, worries the RMC consultant. Let's not put everything on the back of the Covid-19 crisis. Things will happen in the coming years months and are going to be cataclysmic. " Before the crisis, the clubs were already betting very heavily on the future TV rights contract, which guarantees 1.153 billion euros per season during the period 2020-2024. More than ever, the future of French football is in the hands of Mediapro, which will come next season the main broadcaster of the championship.

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