Qataris praised as savors of French football

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Despite these heavy investments the club' 2012.

Besides, the money paid by Qatar-owned BeIn Sport for the rights to show Ligue 1 until 2016 has beefed up the top club's financial status.

"Thanks to their investment, the Qataris have saved French football. Not necessarily clubs like Lyon and Marseille, well-structured clubs with solid shareholders. But they have saved middling clubs like Saint-Etienne, who - without them - would have been in trouble," Aulas, 63, told Le Parisien. "Their arrival is a windfall, and not to recognise that would be stupid."

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