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Spanish court ‘upholds’ CNMC’s Telefónica sanctions in historic football rights case

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Spain’s competition regulator, the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y La Competencia, is reported to have been backed by the Audiencia Nacional, the country’s high court, over sanctions it handed out to telecoms operator Telefónica back in 2015 relating to the marketing of football rights.

According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, the high court has upheld a fine of €15.5m ($17.3m) imposed against Telefónica for conspiring with pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus in the commercialisation of channels showcasing LaLiga, the top division of domestic football, and the Uefa Champions League.

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