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Ryan free to air Cup plan

Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00

G reat news from Europe last week for Eamon Ryan and the Greens. The EU Court of Justice ruled that member countries have the right to designate sporting events they deem of major importance for their public as free-to-air.

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Both FIFA and UEFA had appealed to the court a European Commission decision to allow Belgium and the UK to include the European Championships and the World Cup among those events which they deemed should be freely available to TV viewers. (The FA Cup final, Wimbledon and the Olympics were also included by the UK.) The Court found that the Commission acted correctly in approving the lists of events of UK and Belgium.

Both countries have now been cleared to designate every game of the next World Cup (64 matches) free to air, while the UK will also designate all 31 games in the European Championships. In effect, this removes any obstacle from Ryan's path and, if the Greens ever get back into government, they can press ahead with their daft proposal to make the Heineken Cup free-to-air.

jgreene@independent.ie

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