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Barcelona refuse to share TV revenue

Barcelona refuse to divvy up Spanish Liga's TV revenue more evenly.

Whilst admitting that they could give more money out when the next deal starts in 2015, Barca vice-president Javier Faus confirmed that they would not be sharing it equally.

"There is an agreement in principle that the percentage needs to be restructured but not in the way that they [Sevilla and other clubs] want," Faus told Reuters following the opening of Barca's new youth academy residence.

"The difference is that in the last 50 years Barcelona and Real Madrid have always been the reference point for Spanish football, global powers in the world of football.

"This will be very difficult to change and we do not want to change it.

"Yes to a better distribution of the money from rights but also maintaining the status of Barcelona and Real Madrid, who are the trailblazers of Spanish and world football.

"Our position is that there are contracts in place until 2014/15 and we ask that all clubs respect those.

"FC Barcelona is prepared to talk to the clubs to partially modify the division of cash and we have always shown flexibility in that.

"We are prepared to reduce our percentage and raise that of the other clubs.

"We want to protect our nominal position. Whatever extra there is we are prepared for the other clubs to share.

"What we are saying is that we are going to all work together to boost the value of the contracts.

"The current deal is inferior to England, to France and to Italy. What we are saying is that we are going to work together, Barcelona and Real Madrid first because we are the strongest, so that the cake is bigger."

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