Jean-Michel Blanquer, in Paris on October 22, 2020. -
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Jean-Michel Blanquer is not only the Minister of National Education.
He also oversees the Ministry of Sports.
And it is under this cap that he did not deprive himself on Sunday on RTL of virulently criticizing professional football.
He thus evoked "a form of greed and unrealism" of the world of the round ball in the Mediapro file, a problem that the State does not however according to him "vocation to compensate".
The standoff continues between the Professional Football League (LFP) and Mediapro.
The Sino-Spanish group, which in 2018 had awarded 80% of the TV rights of Ligue 1 for 780 million euros per year, has not paid the due date in October, in the amount of 172, 3 million euros.
While a new deadline is scheduled for December, the group wishes to review the terms of this season's contract and has initiated a conciliation procedure with the LFP.
Tuesday, during a meeting on aid to French sport hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, Emmanuel Macron was greatly surprised at the conditions for concluding this contract, according to participants.
“The President of the Republic was very clear, I was too clear, I believe, and the Prime Minister too.
It is considered that you cannot take a financial risk as a private actor, lead to something quite serious anyway and in the end call for help the state to finance your risk, in a way ”, declared Sunday Jean-Michel Blanquer.
“There are things we can do and things we cannot do.
Furthermore, I have every confidence in the players in professional football to find the exit solutions, ”added the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports.
"Obviously, we follow that, we do not take away responsibility," he assured.
Vincent Labrune is "ready" to "face" Mediapro to recover unpaid bills
Labrune will receive 420,000 euros per year from the LFP (even if Mediapro does not pay)