Canal+ was, to everyone’s surprise, overtaken by Amazon concerning the TV rights of the League 1 for the period 2021-2024. In fact, its president Maxime Send announced that the encrypted channel would not broadcast the elite of French football next year. A new release that is not to the taste of club leaders, like Samuel Laurent, Executive director of Sochaux. Sure MaLigue2.fr, he displayed his distaste for the situation, and Canal+.
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« I find that the attitude of Canal+ and of Maxime Send is absolutely despicable. They are blackmailers. They personify what capitalism has most sickening, brutal and abject. It must stop! These are whims that keep the football world already on the verge of bankruptcy given the situation we find ourselves in. We must not forget that his first offer, with Mediapro, was one billion euros. Today, 500 or 600 million euros is added insult to injury. Yes Amazon is more smart, Canal+ has no historical prerogative. The way in which Canal+ trying to do business is shocking, vile, and nameless brutality. Thousands of employees are involved, tens of millions of fans are suspended from this way of acting. The explosion caused to French football comes from a simple annoyance. And then, going from one billion euros to 500 million euros by telling us that we had a shitty product, it’s also shocking. This guy feels like he’s giving us alms. I know all the other professional clubs are outraged by what is going on. »