Belarus vs. Spain match set for television blackout

Fans of the World and European champion may not be able to watch their side in action on Friday after Spanish broadcasters failed to agree a deal over TV rights.
Spain's World Cup 2014 qualifier against Belarus is at risk of not being shown on television outside of the eastern European nation following a row over broadcasting fees.

As things stand no Spanish television companies are planning to show the Group I encounter from Minsk after failing to agree a deal with the host broadcasters.

They have approximately 48 hours to try and broker a deal or the match will not be shown around the country.

German company Sportfive owns the rights to the game and is holding out for a fee of 1.5 million euros after originally requesting 3 million euros, but Spain's delicate economic situation has left broadcasters concerned that they cannot afford to show the clash.

Spanish newspaper AS has spoken to a number of potential buyers in the country and the belief is that at the current price it would not be profitable to show the match.

This is not the first time this season that there have been issues regarding television rights in Spain, after a similar dispute unfolded before La Roja's win over Georgia in September, though a deal was eventually agreed.

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