May 5 – Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales (pictured) has lost another battle in court in his war against Mediapro who have now scored a hat-trick of decisions against the RFEF this year.
For the third time the RFEF was found guilty of abuse of its dominant position by excluding Mediapro.
The Commercial Court nº 12 in Madrid ruled the RFEF acted contrary to the provisions of Article 2 of Spanish Antitrust Act and Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, by excluding Mediapro from the tender for the final of the Copa del Rey in 2019.
The ruling confirmed Mediapro’s contention that the RFEF imposed “unequal conditions for similar service provision that place certain bidders at a disadvantage compared to others,” and the sentence concluded that the clause “was drafted with the purpose of excluding Mediapro”.
Previously the RFEF was ruled to have deliberately excluded Mediapro for tenders for the award of VAR services to LaLiga and the commercialisation of the media rights to the Copa del Rey for the period 2018-2021.
While Rubiales clearly has an unrelenting problem with Mediapro, there isn’t much love for him within the media giant.
“These three sentences in just four months confirm the president’s mismanagement of the Federation and which represent a serious setback to funding allocated for football that he must manage as its chief officer,” said a Mediapro press release.
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