A year after the Mediapro fiasco, Didier Quillot, ex-boss of the LFP, came out of his silence by returning to the responsibilities of each in this failure.
“I have not commented on the Médiapro affair for almost a year. I will do it in front of you, and be as precise and rigorous as possible“. The hearing of the former number 1 of the LFP against Régis Juanico and Cédric Roussel, both members of the Sport Economics study group ”, was eagerly awaited.
Didier Quillot spent much of his three hours of hearing to justify himself in relation to the many influences he suffered when renegotiating TV rights in France. “In 2017-2018, Neymar arrives in the French championship and the Altice group arrives in the TV rights market. In Europe, all the major championships see their rights increased” or “There is pressure from French clubs to reach one billion TV rights.“
“Canal + wanted to fail the call for tenders as soon as they did not obtain lot 1.”
It is therefore logical that he accepted the offer of this new broadcaster that is Mediapro which had offered 780 million euros to acquire 80% of the broadcasting rights of Ligue 1. With the help of other broadcasters including bein Sports, the total had reached 1.153 billion euros per season. The other historic diffuser of Ligue 1, Canal +, was also in the viewfinder of Didier Quillot by asserting that the encrypted channel through its director Maxime Saada “wished to fail the call for tenders as soon as they did not obtain lot 1.” He accuses Canal + not to have aligned itself with the offers of its competitors with very low proposed amounts in order not to reach the reserve price set by the LFP for obtaining TV rights.
Quillot praises the “extremely rigorous” behavior of its teams
If the former boss of French football praised the professionalism of his teams during tough negotiations. “We were neither blind nor reckless, we were extremely rigorous all along, on the basis of what our experts told us ”, he underlines before insisting on “the impossibility“To ask for financial guarantees from Mediapro because”this had never been requested before“. He also pleaded for a change in Chinese law which forced part of the Sino-Spanish consortium to withdraw its financial support and cause the default of Jaime Roures’ group. Mr Quillot concluded his hearing by defending several ideas for reform and concluding “I think that French football will rebound and that all the parameters will start to rise again. But we must not do without constructive and lasting reforms“.