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Optus scores Uefa club competition rights

Australian telco Optus has secured rights to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League European football tournaments.

The rights, which include the Super Cup season-opening competition, will run for the next three seasons, from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

Optus will be able to show live coverage of every Champions League match, including the qualifying play-offs this August.

The telco endured a torrid Fifa World Cup and had to relinquish a swathe of the rights to the tournament to free-to-air broadcaster SBS after subscribers reported technical problems.

Optus already has an extensive football rights portfolio, including the English Premier League, the Uefa Nations League, Uefa Euro 2020 and European qualifiers for Euro 2020 and the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

Pay-television broadcaster Foxtel showed coverage of last season’s Champions League.