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The Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has fined La Liga for impeding Mediaset channels’ access to football stadiums.

camp nou 17 june 2017This way, the CNMC has issued the first formal fine to La Liga after the competition started managing broadcasting rights of every football club in the country. The fine, against which La Liga is entitled to appeal, is €250,000.

As the conflict between La Liga and broadcasters around TV rights’ policies was arising, the CNMC decided to intervene in January 2016. Back then, it issued a statement saying that La Liga could not ban free-to-air networks from entering football stadiums, as Spain’s audiovisual law protected the viewers’ right to information, no matter which commercial agreements La Liga had.

However, the conflict between the football organisation and Mediaset continued, and the CNMC decided to open disciplinary proceedings against La Liga last March.