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Atlético Madrid ordered to pay compensation to Mediapro

Spanish top-tier Liga football club Atlético de Madrid has been ordered to pay Mediapro €5.365m ($6.92m) for breaking its broadcast rights contract with the agency.

The court has ordered that all income that the club may receive from participation in La Liga, the Copa del Rey final, transfer fees, broadcast fees from Prisa and ticket sales should be made available to the court until the €5.365m figure is reached.

Mediapro said that the ruling cannot be appealed.

Mediapro had last week requested the execution of a February 2013 judgment, which required Atlético to pay €10m for breaking a contract with the agency. Atlético agreed a rights deal with rival pay-television operator Prisa in June 2012, which Mediapro claimed was in breach of its contract with the club.

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