AS Saint-Etienne : Football Ligue 1 – L1: The DNCG threatens OM, ASSE and Bordeaux! | ASSE News

Between the TV rights fiasco with the Mediapro episode and the health crisis, nothing has been spared Ligue 1 clubs for two years.

Reduced television rights, matches behind closed doors due to the health crisisโ€ฆ Ligue 1 clubs have suffered for two years. This week, however, good news fell with the return of full gauges to stadiums in France, which will allow clubs to once again bring money into the coffers. In terms of television rights, the situation has also stabilized with the arrival in the audiovisual landscape of Amazon in place of Mediapro. TV rights have certainly been reduced, but they are now paid on time by the American giant as well as by Canal +. The situation is therefore less precarious for Ligue 1 clubs, according to Jean-Marc Mickeler, the boss of the DNCG (National Management Control Department).

In an interview with L’Equipe, the financial policeman of French football was optimistic for the months to come. On the other hand, he is still worried about four Ligue 1 clubs including Marseille, Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux. “In absolute value, this is the best winter transfer window that L1 has recorded for a long time: โ‚ฌ100m in sales and โ‚ฌ69m in capital gain. The raw numbers are quite satisfactory and better than the DNCG imagined.” he announces at first, full of optimism. “Is there a risk that clubs won’t be able to complete the season? No. We supported them in securing their budget. We ensured compliance with all the commitments made by the shareholders. We have rather good surprises thanks to this transfer window. From my point of view, there is no risk of filing for bankruptcy by the end of this season.” he continues.

OM still monitored by the DNCG

Four clubs are on the other hand in the sights of the DNCG. If President Jean-Marc Mickeler does not cite them, according to L’Equipe it is Olympique de Marseille, Saint-Etienne, Girondins de Bordeaux and finally Angers. โ€œWe need to put 500 million euros back into the system, a third of which in the form of equity contributions from shareholders. So there is definitely a risk. We naturally follow a few clubs more closely. For these clubs, we are wondering about next season. There will be real issues during our discussions with shareholders. Above all, we must not repeat the mistakes of the past and take advantage of all the ends of the contract to start wage deflation.” believes Mickeler, who will therefore be very attentive to what will happen at some of the historic clubs during the next summer transfer window. This will not surprise anyone, particularly with regard to OM, whose every movement during the last two transfer windows had to be validated by the DNCG as part of a payroll framework.