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Setanta collapse forces FA to auction England match rights

The Football Association will have to auction off the rights to FA Cup and England matches to cover a £100million gap in their finances after Setanta went into administration, reports The Mirror. Setanta were one year into a £150million four-year deal for the rights to FA Cup matches, England games and the Community Shield - and it is understood only £50million of this had been paid.

The FA have been adamant they will still be able to attract significant bids to limit serious damage to funding for grass-roots football.

It is understood ITV will gain the rights for up to eight England away friendlies at a previously-agreed price, but all of Setanta's other rights will be up for grabs.

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