Chilean FA weighing up offers for Canal del Fútbol

The Chilean Football Association (ANFP) has reportedly received four official offers for Canal del Fútbol, the pay-television broadcaster through which the governing body exploits rights to the top two tiers of domestic club football.

The ANFP has issued a statement saying the offers were set to be evaluated, without specifying the identity of the bidders.

However, the Cooperativa.cl website said the four interested parties are US media group Turner, media conglomerates Fox and Liberty Global, and private equity firm Citi Venture Capital.

The ANFP said the offers will be evaluated by a committee that includes club representatives from Palestino, Universidad de Concepción, Santiago Wanderers, Colo Colo, Universidad Católica, Universidad de Chile, Copiapó, Unión San Felipe and Rangers.

CdF is 80-per-cent owned by the ANFP and 20-per-cent owned by businessman Jorge Claro through his channel operator Gestión de Television. In April, the ANFP reached an initial agreement to buy Claro’s stake and has until the end of the year to take up the option.