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England last for Uefa rights deal

March 28, 2012

England is the only one of 53 European countries still to sign a final agreement with Uefa over broadcast rights. Uefa has not finalised an agreement with the Football Association (FA) over selling the rights on a pan-European basis – and the European body plans to go to tender in two weeks.

The FA signed an initial mandate a year ago but the Uefa general secretary, Gianni Infantino, revealed the latest stand-off at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, though he said he was confident a deal could be finalised before the tender.

Infantino said: “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. 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.

All countries have signed a mandate agreeing a guaranteed minimum income from Uefa for the TV rights.

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