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Canal Plus will pay Top 14 rights fee ‘if clubs’ liquidity threatened’

Samuel Hidalgo Clyne of Racing 92 during the Top 14 match between Toulouse and Racing 92 on September 8, 2019 in Toulouse, France. (Photo by Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus will reverse its decision not to pay the final fee instalment for this season’s Top 14 rugby union competition if the move severely impacts clubs’ cash flow, it has been reported.

The broadcaster has proposed that, in those circumstances, it would release the outstanding €14.6m ($16m) rights fee then claw back the payment over the over the remainder of its contract, according to L’Équipe.

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