Sevilla pull the plug on televised matches

August 28, 2006

MADRID, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Spanish Primera Liga side Sevilla have said they will not allow their domestic matches to be televised in any format this season because of a dispute with the company which controls the rights to Spanish football.

'The UEFA Cup holders and winners of the European Super Cup consider that the treatment they have received from intermediaries Mediapro and Sogecable, partners of Audiovisual Sport, does not correspond with their status in national and international football,' the club said in a statement on their Web site.

'Sevilla laments this situation for its fans and for football fans in general.'

The club did not make it clear if they were prepared to open further negotiations over the contract or what financial impact their decision would have.

Sevilla, who beat Barcelona 3-0 in the European Super Cup on Friday, host promoted Levante in their first league match of the season on Tuesday.