Argentinian FA ordered to make social security contribution

The Argentinian government has ordered the country’s football association, Asociación del Fútbol Argentino, to contribute 6.5 per cent of annual domestic media rights revenues for the country’s football league towards the nation’s social security fund.

The government, which pays the association about ARS$600 million (€96 million/$124.8 million) per year so that domestic league matches can be shown on free-to-air television, published the resolution on Tuesday.

The government agreed a 10-year deal with the association, from 2009-10 to 2018-19, for rights covering the top two divisions in the country as part of the ‘fútbol para todos’ (‘football for everyone’) scheme.

State-owned channel Canal 7 shows the biggest games from the top division, while rights for other matches are sublicensed to free-to-air broadcasters Canal 13 and Telefe.