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The covid deprived European clubs from entering 2,500 million euros on ‘match days’

The covid deprived European clubs from entering 2,500 million euros on ‘match days’

The closed-door measures at the five major European championships in the last two seasons, due to the covid-19 pandemic, deprived clubs of earning 2.5 billion euros ($ 2.934 billion) on ‘match day,’ he said. KPMG firm.

As of spring 2020, the competitions were suspended for a time and those that resumed ended the campaign with empty stadiums, reducing by 27% the number of matches with the public in the 2019-2020 season in England, Germany, Spain , Italy and France, explains the study.

This has led to “a significant decrease, from about 500 million euros (587 million dollars) in accumulated revenue on ‘match day’ (ticket office, sponsors, merchandising, restaurants…) to 1.9 billion euros (2.23 billion euros). dollars) », he specifies.

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The impact was strongest in the Bundesliga, the championship with the highest average spectators per game in the world (42,000), with 157 million euros ($ 184 million) of losses for all 18 clubs, while Ligue 1 , with an average attendance of 23,000 spectators per game, it has lost three times less (48 million euros -56 million dollars).

At club level, and in absolute terms, Barcelona and Real Madrid were the most affected, with 39 and 35 million euros (46 and 41 million dollars) in losses. Consequently, its income amounted to 136 and 120 million euros (159 and 140 million dollars).

Given that the 2020-2021 season took place almost entirely behind closed doors in all five countries, a cumulative loss of “more than 2 billion euros” ($ 2.347 billion) is expected this year.

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The auditing company estimates that the season that has just started will only offer partial compensation for these losses. AFP (HN)

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