The French soccer league suspends its broadcast in Russia, announced this Friday the French Professional Football League (LFP), in response to the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces.
“The LFP decided to suspend the contract as of this day broadcast of Ligue 1 Uber Eats in Russia on Match TV,” the French league said in a statement.
Ligue 1 has another broadcaster in Russia, according to the LFP website, which is the streaming platform Wink, but it is a sublicense contract with Match TV, an LFP spokeswoman told AFP, adding that consequently is also suspended.
The English football league, whose international audiovisual rights are the highest in the world, also contemplates interrupting its diffusion contracts in Russia: “They are being examined,” Premier League CEO Richard Masters said on Thursday.
Russian rights for the current Premier League season are held by a society called Rambler and the diffusion is carried out on the platform of ‘streaming’ Okko.