The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Wednesday expressed his “firm opposition” to the agreement signed by LaLiga and the international fund CVC, especially with regard to the commercialization of the audiovisual rights of the competition, which it considers illegal.
“The RFEF, being aware of the various complaints and comments made by various clubs First Y Second division, has communicated its strong opposition to this agreement, by means of a burofax sent to LaLiga, “the agency said in an extensive statement. The federative entity pointed out that it has had “just a 48 hour window to examine” the documentation that has been provided by the employer, which also does not know if it has been done “completely”, on an operation “carried out with the absence of the slightest publicity and concurrence in the selection of the successful bidder.”
The RFEF distinguishes “two parties” in this agreement and focuses its complaints above all on the one related to the commercialization of audiovisual rights, against those who “must express their opposition.” “Not only for legal reasons, which will undoubtedly generate numerous litigation derived from the agreement and may put its own viability in doubt, since it is intended to force some legal institutions to the extreme; but also for economic reasons, since Club and SAD rights are heavily taxed for the next 50 years in exchange for a small amount of money, “he stressed.
“But the most important thing is that the agreement increases inequality and it fundamentally and definitively makes a reasonable evolution of the format of the professional football competition in Spain impossible, making the competition petrified in practice and in application of the agreement with no possibility of evolution or it can only be modified when a third party unrelated to the sports structure so decides or agrees a fact that flagrantly violates the law and the European sports model “, added the body that presides Luis rubiales.
The RFEF believes that this point of the agreement also “forget the clubs that play non-professional competitions“since when they manage to be promoted to LaLiga Santander or LaLiga Smartbank” they will see that their income is reduced by the remuneration of CVC, without having obtained any benefit from the contribution of that entity. “” If there are clubs that, with their rights inalienable and unavailable by third parties, they want to borrow voluntarily, there is no problem that they do so, whether the conditions are considered market or if they are usurious, but not through an illegal agreement that obliges everyone, through the false attribution in favor of LaLiga of rights that it does not possess “, warns the RFEF.
Protect non-professional football
Similarly, the federation sees “not very rigorous and very opportunistic, try to cross the borders of the law to reach a terrible and regrettable economic agreement for the future of all Spanish football and, instead, fantastic for a fund and other possible beneficiaries “.
For this reason, it warns that “it is not going to allow the modest contribution to football that comes from these audiovisual rights to be reduced during those 50 years,” recalling that the Decree-Law of 2015 “established a very beneficial centralized marketing model“for LaLiga by establishing” controls and mandatory contributions for certain purposes. “” If LaLiga now intends to skip the controls and reduce the contributions to which the Royal Decree-Law requires it, the RFEF will be forced to exercise the legal actions that proceed to defend their rights and those of non-professional football. At this point it should be remembered that the Higher Sports Council would find itself in the same situation as the RFEF, “he added.
On the other hand, “with regard to the rest of LaLiga’s businesses”, the RFEF only confirms that “It is intended to create a new corporate structure, the sole purpose of which is” that Javier Tebas, president of the employer, “will become the president of the new entity, also receiving new emoluments for it and avoiding the already few controls that are now imposed on it “.
“Ultimately, analyzing the operation with a 50-year perspective, which is the one foreseen by the LNFP and CVC, as well as its contents, we have to conclude that it exceeds what could be understood by the commercialization of audiovisual rights to those that limit the powers of the League, which may irreversibly affect the future of the competition, “said the RFEF.