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Spanish football 'in a really desperate state'

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Published on Jan 1, 2013

Spain's dire economic situation is having a knock-on effect on La Liga.

Journalists Sid Lowe and Francisco Justicia report on near-empty stadiums and fans who are reluctant - or unable - to get behind their teams with prohibitive costs associated with attending matches. Lowe says football in Spain is in "a really desperate state."

The unequal distribution of TV money is the main problem. Spain's two biggest clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, get around half of the annual 600m euro pot - with the other 18 clubs sharing the rest.

The problems afflicting Spanish football came to a head in October, when the national team's friendly against Belarus wasn't televised because of financial constraints.

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