Ligue 1 TV rights: in an uncomfortable position, Al-Khelaïfi "separate" of the BeIN decision

While beIN Sports will take legal action against the LFP after the decision of the Nanterre court in favor of Canal +, which refuses to pay its contract to broadcast two Ligue 1 matches, a man remains in the shadows: Nasser Al -Khelaifi, member of the board of directors of the LFP and also chairman of the beIN Media group.

In the midst of “complete and utter chaos”, in the words of beIN Sports, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi is in a very uncomfortable position. The president of PSG, also a member of the board of directors of the league and boss of the beIN group, finds himself on both sides in the dispute over the TV rights of Ligue 1, while the Qatari group will launch proceedings in justice the LFP.

Legal action will be initiated on Monday

This Friday, the Commercial Court of Nanterre dismissed BeIN Sports in its dispute against Canal +, which claimed the right to withdraw from its sub-license contract providing for the dissemination of two Ligue 1 posters per day. The encrypted channel has therefore obtained the right to suspend its contract for a total of 332 million euros.

BeIN Sports immediately reacted by announcing “to initiate legal action against the League, with the aim of forcing Canal + to honor its contract”. According to our information, the legal action against the League will be launched on Monday. And Canal + will then be forced to pay the 332 million euros for its lot 3, the first payment of which is scheduled for August 5. These two posters are for Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

Al-Khelaïfi “completely disconnected”, according to a close source

Meanwhile, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi is still silent and, according to a close source, “is completely separated from BeIN’s decision-making on this matter, as well as from the decisions of the League’s board of directors. He is therefore completely offline! However, it’s clear to everyone that there is complete chaos. We’re sure he thinks the same. “

The 2021-2022 Ligue 1 season will begin on August 6 with a Monaco-Nantes broadcast on Amazon Prime Video, like eight matches per day. Troyes-PSG and Metz-Lille, scheduled for August 7 and 8 and initially scheduled on Canal +, still do not have an official broadcaster.

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