INFO RMC SPORT. Like their counterparts in other sports, the Top 14 and Pro D2 clubs will finally receive, by the end of the month, the aid promised by the state to compensate for ticketing losses. All ultimately had to produce a certification of their auditors.
So it’s just a matter of days. For several months, the Top 14 clubs, like their counterparts in other sports, have been waiting for aid promised by the state to overcome the crisis linked to the pandemic. Some were starting to get annoyed or at least to worry. “We should not receive them posthumously,” a strong man in the championship told us this week. Last December, as part of a mechanism to compensate for ticketing losses, the government officially confirmed that 40 million euros would be paid to rugby, against 48 to football clubs, 4 million for basketball clubs, handball, volleyball and ice hockey and 15 million euros for the organizers of major sporting events.
“The objective is to initiate a first payment by the Ministry in charge of Sports from the month of December, then to pay the balance in 2021, subject to the loss estimates of professional clubs being confirmed at the end of the accounting year, At the time of the regular meetings of the ministers with the world of professional sport, this measure appeared to be appropriate and fair. The ministers wish to salute the quality of the discussions which allowed the outcome of this measure in good conditions. . ” Since December? The clubs hadn’t come.
This applies to rugby but also to all other disciplines.
According to information from RMC Sport, the authorities have indeed asked for more guarantees. All those who requested aid had to produce certifications from their auditors to ensure that the sums paid were actually due. The request of the Ministry of Sports was expressed a posteriori to secure the payments. “Roxana Maracineanu is committed that by the end of February all sums will be paid,” we were told this weekend. This applies to rugby but also to all other disciplines. The Top 14 clubs, which recently returned their completed files, will indeed receive the long-awaited help in a few days. In volleyball, some women’s teams, including Charleville-Mézières, have already received this financial aid this week.
“This is good news, according to a president of Top 14. Let us hope that this commitment is held more than those of December and January …” Everyone wants to be cautious as long as they have not actually received this financial windfall. The concern also remains. Because these aids had been calculated to compensate for ticket office losses with limited spectator gauges at the start of the season. But since then, being in camera has become the rule and the shortfall has obviously worsened. “This will not completely compensate for all the losses of the clubs,” NRL president Paul Goze told us on December 5, “but it will allow them to overcome this very difficult obstacle and see the future more calmly.”