Top European Union legal advisor backs free-to-air Soccer World Cup

Updated: 12 December 2012 17:16 IST

The legal adviser to the European Union's top court has backed the rights of football fans to see their World Cup and European Championship games free of charge.

Top European Union legal advisor backs free-to-air Soccer World Cup

Brussels, Belgium:

The legal adviser to the European Union's top court has backed the rights of football fans to see their World Cup and European Championship games free of charge.

Advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen on Wednesday advised the court to dismiss the appeal of the FIFA and UEFA federations. The European Court of Justice is to rule on the issue in the coming months but mostly follows the advice of its advocate general.

FIFA and UEFA are seeking more leeway to sell their games to the highest bidders without the constraints of EU law which allows nations to pick certain sports events to be shown on free-to-air television.

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