EU court adviser backs free-to-air TV cover of football finals

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain and Belgium should be allowed to ensure free-to-air TV coverage of the World Cup and Euro football finals as they consider them of major public importance, an adviser to Europe's highest court said on Wednesday.

World football's governing body FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA argued that the two countries had interfered with their property rights by restricting the broadcast of both competitions to free-to-air TV channels, preventing pay TV companies from bidding to screen them.

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