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'Money-hungry Madrid want everything Barcelona have'

The head of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has slammed the Spanish club over the issue of broadcasting rights.

Traditionally, Barca and Madrid have been able to negotiate broadcasting rights apart from the rest of La Liga.
Traditionally, Barca and Madrid have been able to negotiate broadcasting rights apart from the rest of La Liga.

REAL MADRID HAVE been accused of being power-hungry and trying to have everything Barcelona have by the head of the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) chief Javier Tebas.

Traditionally, Barca and Madrid have been able to negotiate broadcasting rights apart from the rest of La Liga, but that will change from 2016-17 when they will all be sold to external clients as one package.

This is an active effort to push the Spanish league system towards the Premier League’s way of working, with the British top flight valued higher financially than any other on he planet.

However, La Liga chief Tebas claims the Blancos were the only club part of negotiations who were against pooling resources into one giant pot and he has criticised their mentality of wanting whatever the newly-crowned Spanish champions get their hands on.

“I talk again of a war in Spanish football because of all 42 clubs involved in the centralised distribution of broadcasting rights just one – Real Madrid – do not agree,” he told AS.

“Why? Well you’d have to ask Real Madrid. If we knew the reasons why it signed a contract with [Spanish broadband and cable provider] Telefonica in May – an agreement which would qualify as strange to say the least – that would help us understand.

“Madrid are a great club who believes itself to be a champion of transparency; but the truth is that they have other interests than the rest of La Liga. I think Madrid wants to keeps control of its broadcasting rights.

“It’s a mix of being money-hungry and power-hungry. It is not clear what they are up to. Their agreements with Telefonica and Microsoft are strange to me and I’ve told Madrid that.

“I believe their agreement with Telefonica is because Barcelona signed one similar with the same company several months earlier and – of course – we know that Madrid must have whatever Barcelona have. I suspect this whole mess stems from that.”

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