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Spanish Judge Seeking Gag Order On 'Football Leaks' Media

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 07 / 16

A Spanish judge is "seeking a gag order on 12 European media outlets that leaked documents" alleging football players like Cristiano Ronaldo could have been involved in a multi-million-euro tax evasion system, according to the AFP. The injunction claims that the so-called “Football Leaks&rdquo...

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