--%>
Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Europe

Gianni Infantino © Action Images

England only nation yet to sign rights deal



England are the only one of Uefa's 53 members still to sign a final agreement formalising a new broadcast rights deal covering the qualifying competition of the Euro 2016 championship, Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday.

Uefa will market and sell all matches in the qualifying campaign on the same model it uses to sell Champions League matches, a principle agreed at the 2011 Uefa Congress in Paris a year ago.

However, Infantino said the English FA still had to endorse their final agreement with Uefa, with Uefa planning to go to tender in two weeks.

"The sticking points are minor rights details, radio rights and so on, and it is a matter of sitting around the table and discussing that," Infantino told delegates at the Soccerex business convention.

"We have reached agreements with 52 out of the 53 countries so there is no reason why we should not reach it with England; we still have a couple of days and there are just a couple of minor points.

"It is fair to say the agreement will have a seismic effect on the football landscape across Europe."

Infantino dismissed a suggestion from the floor that by having 24 of Uefa's 53 members in the finals in France in 2016, the qualifying competition would be less competitive and less attractive to broadcasters.

"I think it will be just the opposite; while the big countries should get through as expected, a lot of smaller countries will have a lot more to play for chasing the extra qualifying places, and don't forget the associations voted in this change. I am sure the qualifiers will be far more competitive as a result." (

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
Ex ref assaulted in street
I don’t want to be flippant about this but I can’t decide whether to describe this incident as a...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Shankly said it best
These days the words of Bill Shankly seem to be echoing in my ears every weekend. “If you can't...

Carol Radull
When will Kenya qualify?
I don’t like international football weeks, particularly when there are qualifiers going on. I...

Neil Tovey
Lost in translation
The May Mahlangu situation highlights the fact that communication in football is vital.

Clyde Tlou
Bafana snub needs stronger action
After featuring in 24 matches, 19 starts and five off the bench for his Swedish club, IFK...

John Dykes
Saints, scorers and surprise picks
It’s a measure of just how far Liverpool and Manchester United are off the pace right now that I...