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Sevilla chief chides La Liga imbalance

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has slammed La Liga administrators for supposed favouritism showed to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Del Nido claims that recent negotiations over radio rights threaten to further dilute the competition’s quality in favour of benefiting the two biggest clubs in Spanish football.

The chief spoke out after a deal was finalised which will oblige Spanish radio stations to pay for coverage of La Liga, on the back of a weekend which saw Real Madrid and Barcelona crush their opposition 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.

For Del Nido, those in charge of La Liga have consistently taken decisions which ensure Barca and Real receive the largest rewards from the league’s commercial arrangements, including the most recent ruling.

“The reality is that they have chosen a terrible decision in order to continue widening the difference between the big clubs and the rest: to charge the radios,” Del Nido told Radio Nacional de Espana on Tuesday.

“For the love of God, are there any fans not saying that the league is prostituted, adulterated, corrupted?”

“The radio income will be another scrap to make the biggest clubs bigger and the rest even smaller.”

“Our tournament is not just the biggest joke in Europe, but in the world. It is a third-world league in which two clubs take the others’ television money,” he concluded.

Tue 30 August, 2011
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