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Canal+ tries to block football re-tender

January 26, 2021

From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Canal+ is taking legal action to protest against the decision by the French football league LFP to initiate a partial re-tender over the 2020-2024 football TV rights.

Canal+ says this new auction, due to end on February 1st, is an anti-competitive move.

Following the cancellation of Mediapro’s deal in December 2020, LFP’s tender process is covering 80 per cent of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches, excluding the package acquired by beIN Sports and partially sublicensed to Canal+ for €330 million.

The court hearing has been scheduled for February 19th, which is two weeks after the theoretical closing of the new bid for the potential broadcasters.

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