FOOTBALL – Pierre Ménès bounced back quickly. According to information from L’Équipe, its former journalist, who left Canal in July, joined the Reworld Media group (Marie France, Auto Plus, TéléStar) to launch its own football platform. Scheduled for October 12, it will be called Pierrot Football Club, a direct nod to the encrypted channel’s Canal Football Club, in which he played until he was sidelined.

On the program: interviews, reports, podcasts, analyzes or even debates, “all without language and in this relaxed tone which is my signature”, indicates Pierre Ménès in a press release relayed by the sports daily this Tuesday, September 21.

For Guillaume Sampic, Managing Director of Media365 (an entity of Reworld Media), joining forces with the sports consultant, who was sidelined for sexist behavior revealed last March in Marie Portolano’s documentary I am not a slut, I am a journalist, sounded like a no-brainer. “In our group, we like entrepreneurs. And we know that an entrepreneur sometimes gets tripped up, experiences failure and when he comes back, he gives the best of himself “, he explains in the columns of L’Équipe.

He added: “I am not a fan of the media lynching. I do not defend it, but other times, other times. Things don’t turn out like that anymore, he mismanaged it himself, I told him and I hope it got him into his head “

Aware that the Pierre Ménès case divides, Guillaume Sampic puts it into perspective, explaining that the situation is similar for his group. “We are too (divisive). We took 48 media out of the trash and the first thing we had to do was cut costs. Not everyone liked it, ”he says, confident for the audience of the future platform. “We looked at Pierre’s community, he still has 2.5 million followers on Twitter. Some people will turn their backs on him, others will continue to follow him ”.

And to conclude: “He always has his entries in football, all the doors are not closed. He had this project in his boxes at Canal, but it did not happen. There, we put the means. We give ourselves the time we need. And if it doesn’t take off, we’ll have tried ”.

Reworld Media, the leading magazine press group in France, is accused of maintaining the confusion between advertising space and editorial content … even if it means doing without journalists, as Le Monde pointed out last spring.

See also on Le HuffPost: “My career is not broken”, Pierre Ménès leaves Canal and defends his honor

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