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Volume 6 No. 216


Real Madrid is suing Catalan TV channel TV3 for €6M ($7.9M) after it aired a "controversial video" that compared Real Madrid players to hyenas preparing to hunt when they face FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi, according to MUNDO DEPORTIVO. After the video aired on TV3's "Esport Club" program, the director and presenter of the program Xavier Valls apologized. Valls said, "The intention was to show that Messi is the object of a hunting game every time he plays Madrid. We understand there are people upset with the video. We were not careful enough. For this reason, we apologize if anybody felt offended or upset. It was not the intention of the video" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 2/22).

German private-TV channel kabel eins "recorded top ratings" with its broadcast of Thursday's Europa League game between Hannover 96 and Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala, according to Jan Schlüter of QUOTEN METER. A total of 2.9 million viewers tuned in on Thursday night to watch the first half of the round of 32 matchup. The number equaled a strong 9% market share. In the target demographic 14-49, the first half of the game was watched by 1.26 million viewers and obtained a 10% market share. During the second half, the viewership increased to 3.14 million viewers. The number translated into a 13.9% share. In the target demographic, the second half of the game attracted 1.39 million viewers and received a 15.1% share. Thursday's 1-1 draw "was the highest rated Europa League game on kabel eins" during the '12-13 season (QUOTEN METER, 2/22).