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UEFA must re-evaluate distribution of competition prize money - Lyon chief

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas believes UEFA needs to reconsider how it shares European club competition prize money in order to counteract the Premier League's new television rights deal.

England's top flight will receive 2.3 billion euros a season between 2016 and 2019, under the three-year deal announced earlier this week.

By contrast, Ligue 1 sides will split 748 million euros between them per campaign over a four-year period, in a deal which also begins next season.

Even Serie A clubs -- who have the second most lucrative collective broadcast deal after England at 960 million euros per season from 2016 to 2019 -- will have less than half the money to share between them than the 20 Premier League clubs.

"The differences in revenue are added to those of the outgoings," Aulas told Le Parisien. "In France, we pay twice as many employer contributions as in England. That creates a problem of productivity and performance."

The Premier League deal struck with Sky and BT means the team that finishes bottom of the table in the 2016-17 campaign will receive 136 million euros, Le Parisien reports, in comparison to the 44.6 million euros Paris Saint-Germain earned for their Ligue 1 title win last season.

"It means the authorities have to think about the rules for sharing out the revenues of European competitions," Aulas, whose club's entire budget is 115 million euros, added. "Perhaps there also has to be a different way of redistributing the TV rights money with a larger part given over to the solidarity payment."


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