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SBD Global/April 24, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Newly Appointed Spanish Football League Boss Talks Corruption, Competitive Balance

New Spanish Football League (LFP) President Javier Tebas said Tuesday that addressing match fixing is his top priority, according to MARCA. Teba said that the country needs to abandon the "anything goes" culture that meant clubs under pressure bought games. Tebas said, "If matches can be fixed, that shows that the competition is not in the proper shape. We have to take a step further in denouncing something that his happening, in isolation, but it is taking place. This must be ended and the clubs are in agreement with me. I am not going to put a pistol to anyone's head to make them speak up but I would be grateful if they would come forward." Tebas said his other priorities are the regulation of competition and audiovisual rights. Tebas: "In TV distribution we are going to come much closer to the Italian model than the British. Every place has its reason for being and in Spain we cannot avoid the driving forces that we have. ... I have said it and I will repeat it: a strong Real Madrid and a strong Barcelona, the same as Atlético or Valencia, benefits us all. If they are weak at the international level, it also weakens the rest. One has to look for the point of equilibrium" (MARCA, 4/23). 
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