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LeSports casts long shadow over new Fifa deal in Hong Kong

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Fifa is the latest rights-holder to suffer a fee cut in a Hong Kong market that has been on the slide for several years, selling 2022 World Cup rights to leading local sports broadcaster Now TV.

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