The Spanish Football Federation has labeled LaLiga’s deal with CVC Capital Partners “totally illegal” (RFEF). Spanish Football Federation has also spoken out as football clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona have slammed LaLiga’s agreement with CVC. Last week the €2.7bn (£2.3bn) deal was announced and it would see private equity firm CVC acquire 10% of the league’s commercial business. In order to help cash-strapped clubs in Spain’s top two tiers cope with the coronavirus pandemic, 90% of the investment was set aside.
In a lengthy statement posted on their official website on Wednesday, the RFEF stated that it, too, is completely opposed to the proposal. The statement read: “This operation, carried out with the absence of the slightest publicity and concurrence in the selection of the successful bidder, has two parts. The one related to the commercialisation of audiovisual rights, on the one hand; and the rest of the LNFP businesses, which make up a heterogeneous group, on the other.”
“Regarding the agreements between the LNFP and CVC related to the audiovisual rights of sports clubs and corporations, the RFEF must express its 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 the rights of clubs and SADs are heavily taxed for the next fifty years in exchange for a small amount of money.
“But the most important thing is that the agreement increases inequality and, in capital and definitive way, makes a reasonable evolution of the format of professional football competition in Spain impossible.”
“Causing that in practice and in the application of the agreement the competition is petrified without the possibility of evolution or can only be modified when a third party outside the sports structure so decides or agrees, a fact that flagrantly violates the law and the European sports model.”
“In addition, forget about the clubs that play non-professional competitions that, at the time of their promotion to professional competition, will see that their income is reduced by CVC’s remuneration, without having obtained any benefit from the contribution of that entity.”
The RFEF also claims the agreement with CVC does not account for the clubs who will be promoted to LaLiga further down the line, which would see their income reduced if not paid upfront.
“If there are clubs who, with their own rights, wish to indebt themselves voluntarily, they are free to do so, whether at market rates or extortionate ones, but not through a totally illegal agreement which obliges everyone else, via a false attribution on the part of the LNFP of rights it does not own,” the statement continued.
“We consider this attempt to bypass the law and create an agreement which is economically dreadful and deplorable in terms of the future of Spanish football while, in contrast, excellent for an investment fund and other possible beneficiaries. The RFEF must also warn that it will not allow during these 50 years any reduction in the contribution from audio-visual rights given to the lower tiers of football.”
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