French football

French football crisis deepens as league fails to resell TV rights

France — Link

An auction fiasco over seasons 2021 to 2024 leaves the finances of Ligue 1’s 20 clubs under severe pressure.

French football to return on July 24 with Coupe de France final

France — Link

Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals will now take place on July 24 and 31, after matches were postponed in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How lockdown threatens to burst French football's speculative financial bubble

France — Investigation

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), which runs the top-tier professional football leagues in France, has voted to obtain a 224.5 million-euro loan from the French state to help out its member clubs, especially those in the elite Ligue 1 division. But even despite this help some clubs are on the brink of going into administration. Mediapart can reveal confidential documents which show the risky nature of the loan arrangement, which the state agreed to without making any solvency checks. As Laurent Mauduit writes, there is a risk that French taxpayers could end up having to pay the bill for the excesses of the football industry.

French football chiefs dribble around ethnic quota controversy


After Mediapart first revealed the existence within the French Football Federation (FFF) of a secret plans to institute ethnic quotas on players recruited to its national training academies, a leading French football official earlier this year claimed that the country’s professional league clubs tacitly employ ethnic discrimination in the recruitment of players. Called to account by the French sports minister and the official ombudsman, the FFF, in an official response to which Mediapart has gained access, has decided there is no case to answer about an issue its chairman has said he “couldn’t give a damn” about. Michaël Hajdenberg and Fabrice Arfi report.

French football league calls time on tax haven club Monaco

France — Link

Football chiefs order AS Monaco, owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, to relocate to France to end financial advantage over other clubs.