Full Play told to pay guarantee as Uruguayan court case decision delayed

Uruguayan Civil Court Judge Guzmán López has asked Full Play to provide a $1.75m (€1.55m) guarantee before making a decision over whether the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) can scrap a rights deal with the agency.

The AUF wants to tear up its deal with Full Play, which has rights for Uruguay national team away qualifying matches until 2018. Full Play has been implicated in the corruption scandal surrounding football’s global governing body Fifa.

At the end of August at an AUF general assembly, clubs voted in favour of ending the contract, giving the association the mandate to put the rights back on the market.

Full Play challenged the move to dissolve the contract, and the case was set to be decided this week by the civil court in Uruguay.

According to Uruguayan news service El Observador, Full Play paid a rights fee instalment of $1m in February, but was then unable to pay a further instalment of $500,000 due to the company’s bank accounts being frozen by the courts.

The judge gave Full Play three days to provide the guarantee, with a decision now set to be made next week. The judge said that by paying the guarantee, Full Play would provide assurance that the remaining instalments would be fulfilled.

Uruguay’s next away game is against Bolivia on October 8.