Questioned at length in an interview granted to echoes, Vincent Labrune, president of the Professional Football League, spoke about the sulphurous question of TV rights. While the relationship between the instance and Canal + have greatly deteriorated since the soap opera Mediapro and the arrival of First video in the French media landscape, the former boss of Olympique de Marseille nevertheless assured that he did not close the door to the encrypted channel.
With the horizon of the national and international call for tenders for the next period 2024-2028, Labrune indeed affirmed that the two parties still kept the link: “This does not mean that the League closes the door to Canal +, which has been its historical partner. There was resentment and we are in the process of rebuilding a relationship of trust with them. We will not make them change their minds if they have to decide that they no longer need French football. But we never said we wanted to do everything without them. Our ambition is to present our relationship with all our current partners and to find others who will want to invest in a football that is gaining momentum. The ‘momentum’ is good. We have not wasted any time but we still have to accelerate to be sure to switch to the right side with the clubs, the federation and the players.. The message got through.