May 10, 2018 / 4:25 PM / a year ago

Mediapro to appeal Italy ruling on Serie A rights tender

MILAN (Reuters) - Spanish multimedia group Mediapro will appeal an Italian judge’s decision to cancel its tender for the TV broadcasting rights of Serie A soccer matches, the company said on Thursday.

Mediapro is trying to on-sell the rights to Italy’s top league but a Milan judge cancelled the tender this week, saying it breached antitrust rules. The Italian unit of broadcaster Sky had challenged the terms of the tender.

The tender had already been suspended in mid-April after Sky Italia requested the court to verify whether the sale respected Italian regulation.

Mediapro said it had analysed the judge’s decision and believed its tender was in line with Italian regulations and with the contract it had signed with Italy’s soccer league.

Reporting by Agnieszka Flak; Editing by Mark Bendeich

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