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Fox and Turner linked with joint move for Argentinian football rights

US media companies Fox and Turner are keen to strike a partnership to acquire rights to club football in Argentina, according to reports.

Fox and Turner have both been previously linked with interest in the rights, which are set to become available following the end of the Football for All (FPT) scheme, which ensures free-to-air coverage of domestic football competitions.

Argentinian newspaper La Nacion said Fox and Turner would be keen to join forces to land a contract running from 2017 until 2019.

The Infobae website added that Fox would exploit the broadcast rights to Argentinian club football through its television channels, while Turner could help develop an Argentinian Football Association-branded online platform entitled AFA TV.

The Argentinian government last month confirmed that its FPT scheme will be scrapped at the end of this year. The development came following a meeting between President Mauricio Macri, FPT chairman Fernando Marín and Macri’s general secretary, Fernando De Andreis, whose department oversees the budget for the programme.

Argentinian football stakeholders are debating the future makeup of the club game in the country, with a proposal on the table for the current Primera Division top division to be scrapped and replaced with a new competition.