AHEAD OF THE GAME: UEFA are losing MILLIONS on Women’s Euro 2022… and Amazon’s surprise capture of Champions League rights is inspired by the success of rugby coverage
- The Women’s Euros is costing UEFA millions despite record-breaking crowds
- Amazon’s capture of Champions League rights inspired by their Rugby coverage
- Crystal Palace could miss out on commercial bonuses due to vaccine hesitancy
- Arsenal and the FA are left in the dark over the mysterious Granit Xhaka booking
Euro 2022 is projected to incur losses of several millions despite sell-out crowds across much of the country in an indication of the ongoing financial challenges facing the women’s game.
UEFA will absorb the losses by dipping into the surplus from last year’s men’s tournament, which generated record revenue of £1.6billion.
UEFA remain committed to women’s football despite the commercial challenges and have doubled the prize money for the Euros — to £13.5million — from the previous tournament, as well as allotting £3.8m to pay European clubs a release fee of £420 per day for use of their players.
UEFA are reportedly losing millions over the Women’s Euros despite record attendances
Champions League rights inspired by rugby
Amazon’s surprise capture of live Champions League rights for the 2024 to 2027 cycle was built on the success of their coverage of rugby’s autumn internationals, which demonstrated the streaming service’s impressive presence in UK homes.
Amazon keep their viewing figures secret, but Sportsmail has learned that England’s 32-15 win over Australia last November was watched by a peak audience of around three million, which is almost six times the size of Sky Sports’ average audience for international rugby.
Amazon have secured the first pick of Tuesday night Champions League matches after 2024 and will be confident of attracting more large audiences.
Amazon’s rugby coverage success inspired their acquisition of Champions League rights
Vaccine hesitancy could cost Palace
Crystal Palace face losing out on tour fees and commercial bonuses due to their players’ vaccine hesitancy after embarking on a pre-season trip to Singapore and Australia with a weakened squad.
Organizers of games against Liverpool — which Palace lost 2-0 yesterday — Manchester United and Leeds were assured Palace would bring a full-strength side but only eight senior outfield players have made the trip, leaving the club at risk of not fulfilling their obligations.
The vaccine status of a number of omitted players did not meet the Australian requirements.
Patrick Vieira’s side could miss out on commercial bonuses due to vaccine statuses
Arsenal left in the dark over mystery booking
Arsenal and the FA have been left in the dark about the notorious Granit Xhaka booking which, as Sportsmail revealed last month, is now the subject of a criminal investigation.
The Gambling Commission made the decision to escalate the inquiry into the Arsenal midfielder’s bizarre yellow card against Leeds in December to the National Crime Agency and the FA’s investigators are no longer involved in the case.
The FA launched a probe after being alerted to suspicious betting patterns on Xhaka being booked in the game at Elland Road, with £52,000 staked on the outcome.
Xhaka was shown a yellow card for time-wasting in the 86th minute.
Granit Xhaka’s notorious yellow card against Leeds is now subject of a criminal investigation