Newcastle United pre-season opponent could face bankruptcy despite Champions League qualification

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Newcastle United Sela Cup opponents Stade Brestois 92 are one of eight clubs who are facing bankruptcy in Ligue 1.

The Magpies host Brest at St James’ Park on Saturday, August 10 ahead of what will be not only be a crucial campaign for Eddie Howe & Co, but also their visitors, who are making their debut in the Champions League.

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However, despite the promise of European Cup riches, things look a little concerning on the financial front for the French side, with Brest said to be one of EIGHT clubs in the top flight across the Channel who could go out of business, according to L’Equipe.

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Brest along with Auxerre, last season’s Champions League qualifiers Lens, Nantes, Stade Reims, Montpellier, Le Havre and Angers are all said to be threatened by bankruptcy, according to the publication.

The issue is said to lie in the fact there is yet to be an agreement for television rights for the next five seasons in Ligue 1, which is meaning many may face the wall if the deal is not fixed.

Brest finished third in Ligue 1 last season behind only Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking on the return of the Sela Cup, CEO Darren Eales said: “We’re excited that both our men’s and women’s squads will make their return to St. James’ Park for a two-day festival of football. It will give fans the chance to support preparations for a huge 2024/25 campaign.

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“Welcoming Champions League calibre opponents reinforces the draw of Newcastle United across the top level of European football, and I’m sure each visiting club will play their part in creating a great weekend.

“We would once again like to thank our partners Sela for their support and expertise which will ensure that The Sela Weekender is an event to remember for fans of every club involved.”

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