The Union of Sports Journalists in France (UJSF) has hit out at a new charter regarding relations with the media that has been issued by Ligue 1 football club Paris Saint-Germain.
The charter was released by PSG on Saturday and the UJSF has expressed its concern that it impacts on freedom of expression for journalists. The document contains six points, four of which the union say are “problematic”.
The UJSF has around 3,500 members and its statement has been backed by Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France, Le Journal du Dimanche, L’Équipe, Radio France, Europe 1, RTL and France Télévisions.
L’Équipe said the charter has resulted from controversy last month when the newspaper was denied access by PSG to its press conferences. This stemmed from PSG’s anger at an article published in L’Équipe, which questioned whether the club would be forced to sell star players Kylian Mbappé or Neymar if met with sanctions regarding the Financial Fair Play rules of European governing body Uefa.
At the time, PSG stated the article was “totally erroneous, ridiculous and only likely to create a climate of great tension between the club and this media”, adding that L’Équipe was spreading “misinformation”.