Ligue 2 – Bahrain, Sri Lanka, India … when Paris FC goes international to dream stronger of L1

the Paris FC is opening up more and more internationally for a national ambition: that of accessing Ligue 1. After the arrival of the Kingdom of Bahrain up to 20% of the club’s capital in 2020, this time he is the Anglo-Sri Lankan businessman Allirajah Subaskaran which took 10% of the shares of the PFC with a financial contribution via its holding company BRI Sports, which it holds 100%. Enough to allow the capital club to continue its investments, both sportingly and in its Orly infrastructure.

 » Paris aims to have an internationalized round table. I believe in a vision of football that brings together and we contribute to it by welcoming several cultures within the club. The arrival of this new investor will allow Paris FC to increase its equity, prepare for an increase in L1, make new investments in Orly and develop our know-how in terms of international training. », Explains the president Pierre Ferracci in the columns of the Parisian.

« A platform for meetings and investors »

Already established in the world of sport through various franchises (the Jaffna Kings in the world of Cricket for example), Subaskaran has also been a partner of West Ham since 2012 via its Lyca Mobile group, specializing in telecoms. But this is a first in France, where South-East Asia has so far not been represented in L1 or Ligue 2. Enough to open up new perspectives of visibility for Paris FC, just like for the businessman in France.  » Consider the club as a platform for meetings and investors « , to analyse Jean-Baptiste Guégan, specialist in the geopolitics of sport.  » It has become a place where we create business relationships that generate business, either on French soil or with partners. It is not impossible that Subaskaran, by returning to Paris FC, is also targeting the Gulf market via Bahrain which is already present at the club. It may also be a way to boost its offer on the French market with visibility at a lower cost, especially after Brexit in the United Kingdom, which would make sense. Conversely, for Ferracci, it is a gateway to India and Sri Lanka. « 

An effort on the transfer window to come in January!

And the opening to the World of Paris FC shouldn’t stop there. Still according to information from Parisian, 10% of the club could soon be sold to an Armenian investor.  » Today, we have the best level of sponsorship of the L2 even if we have less ticket revenue than the others ”, says Ferracci.  » As it will be more complicated to go up next year with the reform of the L1 (which goes to 18 clubs), the goal is to go up this year if possible ”, add Jean-Baptiste Guégan.  » Allirajah Subaskaran brings cash, and this should help strengthen the workforce. The value of the club would necessarily increase in Ligue 1.  » In the short term, Pierre Ferracci does not hide it: the workforce currently fifth in the championship, six points behind leader Toulouse, must be reinforced.  » We will also be able to make a small effort in the January transfer window ”. At a time when all Ligue 2 clubs are tightening their belts and must rather lose fat than buy after the Covid and Mediapro crises, Paris therefore appears to be the exception in this area. One of the only ones able to invest in the transfer market to bring added value to his team, when direct competitors like Auxerre, for example, are still prohibited from recruiting for valuable consideration by the DNCG. A major asset for the capital club, which now remains to be realized after having played two accession play-offs in the last three seasons.

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