The RFEF considers the agreement with CVC for ‘LaLiga Impulso’ illegal and Tebas replies

The RFEF considers the agreement with CVC for LaLiga Impulso


08/11/2021 –

Fthe Spanish Football Federation was due to rule in the case of LaLiga Impulse, and they already have. They consider the agreement with the CVC fund illegal. Missing just 24 hours after the LaLiga Club Assembly is held in which you will vote the possibility of going forward LaLiga Impulse, the body chaired by Luis rubiales makes his rejection public in a dursima against LaLiga, which has been communicated by burofax. They claim to have received complaints from First and Second clubs, without specifying which ones.

This is the full communiqué sent by the RFEF:

The Royal Spanish Football Federation has had the opportunity to examine before tomorrow’s Assembly and with a margin of only 48 hours the documentation provided – we do not know if in a complete way – by the LNFP that structures the operation intended by it and CVC. That operation, made with the absence of the slightest publicity and concurrence in the selection of the successful bidder, has two parts: the one related to the commercialization 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 public companies, the RFEF must express its opposition. Not just for legal reasons, which undoubtedly will 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 makes a fundamental and definitive way impossible for a reasonable evolution of the format of the professional football competition in Spain, making the competition in practice and in application of the agreement petrified without possibility. of evolution or can only be modified when a third party outside the sports structure so decides or agrees to a fact that flagrantly violates the law and the European sports model. In addition, Forget the clubs that compete in non-professional competitions that, upon their promotion to professional competition, will find that their income is reduced for the remuneration of CVC, without having obtained any benefit from the contribution of that entity.

? If there are clubs that, with their inalienable and unavailable rights by third parties, want to borrow voluntarily, there is no problem in doing so, whether the conditions are considered market or if they are usurious, but not through an illegal agreement that requires to all, through the false attribution in favor of the LNFP of rights that it does not possess. Furthermore, we see not very rigorous and very opportunisticTrying to cross the borders of the law to reach a lousy and regrettable economic agreement for the future of all Spanish football and, instead, fantastic for a fund and other possible beneficiaries. ??

The RFEF must also warn that it is not going to allow the contribution to modest football that comes from these audiovisual rights to be reduced during those fifty years. Royal Decree-Law 5/2015 established a very beneficial centralized marketing model for the LNFP, establishing controls and mandatory contributions for certain purposes. If the LNFP now intends to bypass the controls and reduce the contributions to which the Royal Decree-Law requires it, the RFEF will be obliged to take the appropriate legal actions to defend its rights and those of non-professional football. In this point It should be remembered that the Higher Sports Council would find itself in the same situation as the RFEF. ??

With regard to the rest of the LNFP businesses, the RFEF limits itself to verifying that it intends to create a new corporate structure, whose sole purpose is that the President of the LNFP 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 from a fifty-year perspective, which is the one envisaged by the LNFP and CVC, as well as its contents, we must conclude that it exceeds what could be understood by the commercialization of audiovisual rights to the that the powers of the League are limited, being able irreversibly affect the future of the competition. ??

The RFEF, being aware of the various complaints and comments made to him by various First and Second Division clubs, has communicated its firm opposition to this agreement, through a burofax sent to the LNFP.

Answer from Javier Tebas

The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, did not delay in responding to the Federation’s statement and was ironic: “At last the RFEF released the long-awaited statement about the Super League supporting UEFA and leagues. Oh no! What about a project that liquidated the SPANISH FOOTBALL DOES NOT SPEAK. Yes, to attack LaLiga they do not fail. You have to follow instructions … if you have not studied the documents! “.