Financial mess(i). Qatar owners put €171m into PSG to cover pandemic losses

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October 15 – The Qatari owners of Paris Saint-Germain have injected another €171 million into the club to help ease the financial burden created by the global health crisis.

Qatar Sports Investment (QSI), owners of the Parisian club since 2011, invested the new money at the start of the 2021/22 season, according to French media outlet Sportune. It brings the total capital put into the club by QSI to €511.5 million.

The new money will help to mitigate the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and the losses of the last two seasons. In the 2019/20 season, PSG’s revenue stood at €559.8 million, but the club still registered a net loss of €124.2 million. For the 2020/21 season, that loss is estimated to have doubled.

However, since summer fans have returned to the stadiums in the Ligue 1, which will drive match-day revenues back to pre-pandemic levels, and the LFP is hopeful that through its new commercial and media rights subsidiary, it can raise up to €1 billion to provide a lifeline for ailing French elite clubs.

French club football has been in crisis ever since the lucrative €750 million TV rights deal with Mediapro imploded. The Spanish agency paid €100 million in compensation, but the collapse left clubs cash-strapped.

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