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La Liga president decides to exclude Real Madrid, Barcelona from TV rights meetings

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According to Spanish publication Voz Populi, La Liga president Javier Tebas has decided to exclude Real Madrid and Barcelona from any future meetings about the league’s TV broadcast rights and also stripped their right to vote.

The reason for this drastic action from the La Liga supremo is because of the two clubs’ continued role in the European Super League project.

Tebas has taken the decision with the backing of other clubs and La Liga’s compliance department as well as the consultancy firm KPMG and a Spanish Law Firm, Uria Menendez.

According to KPMG’s studies, Real Madrid and Barcelona’s involvement in the Super League would seriously harm the TV rights value of La Liga clubs that are not participating in the breakaway competition.

The report states that the broadcast rights would be devalued by 10% domestically and 25% internationally, which would be a major blow to La Liga’s operating finances.

Despite this development, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are pressing ahead with their plans for the European Super League project.

In fact, earlier today, the ESL announced the new framework for the competition, revealing that the tournament is being planned as a multi-division competition with 60-80 teams involved and each club playing 14 games per season at least.

The three clubs are understood to have reached out to over 50 other teams regarding participation in the rogue tournament.

Meanwhile, with regard to their ban on voting on La Liga’s television rights, Real Madrid and Barcelona have already filed a lawsuit against Tebas and La Liga for violating their fundamental right of association.

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Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager

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Real Madrid's Turkish midfielder #24 Arda Guler watches from the bench the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Real Madrid CF and SC Braga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)
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The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.

It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.

Turkey manager speaks out

Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.

As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.

“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.

Vincenzo Montella wants Arda Guler to play more at Real Madrid. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.

“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”

Exit on the cards?

Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.

The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.

But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.

Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.

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