Spanish FA warned to make it rights sales operations legal

November 14 – The Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) who are controversially taking their Super Cup to Saudi in January for the first season of a €120 million three-year deal, have now fallen foul of Spain’s competition authorities over its invitation to tender for rights to the competition.

The RFEF gives all impression of being in a governance crisis as it battles bitterly with LaLiga on pretty much every issue possible and has been widely condemned for its moral position on taking the Super Cup to Saudi. The warning on TV rights sales will not bolster public or stakeholder confidence in the leadership of mercurial president Luis Rubiales.

A report by the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) said it is the fifth time it has warned the Spanish soccer body to comply with regulatory requirements when marketing broadcast rights.

The CNMC has asked the RFEF to clarify the award process and reform it for future tenders for the sake of “transparency, competition and non-discrimination”.

Specifically it tells the RFEF to operate within the law to ensure “the joint marketing of audiovisual rights falling within the scope of this royal decree-law”.

Previously the RFEF has been warned about its sales of Copa de Rey rights sales for the 2019 to 2022 cycle.

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