Paris Saint-Germain is one of the few clubs in world football that can overcome the financial impact of the coronavirus but they’re not completely immune.
In a report from Le Parisien, the French publication revealed that the pandemic could have “frightening economic consequences” with internal projections putting the shortfall at around €300 million.
Now, that’s a little less than the total amount PSG paid for Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr., so don’t shed too many tears about that loss but it does underline the financial implications the coronavirus will have on clubs.
Sure, PSG can overcome these losses but not every Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 team will be able to. The biggest hit to clubs in France is the lack of revenue from broadcasters Canal Plus and beIN Sports, who are both withholding payments to the Ligue de Football Professionnel because of the lack of games to show to their subscribers.
To help soften the impact of the coronavirus, players from France’s two top leagues agreed to a salary reduction during the month of April. Players earning €100,000 or more, which includes Neymar, will see their wages reduced by 50 percent, while those earning less than €10,000 will not see a reduction.
The sooner football can resume, the better off these clubs will be but the primary concern has to be for the safety of the players, coaches, and fans. As of right now, June 30 is the target date to complete the Ligue 1 season with July 15 as a backup date.
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