UEFA's broadcasting regulations permit its members (national football associations) to block a limited number of hours during which football may not be broadcast on television: the purpose of the broadcasting regulations is to provide national football associations with a limited opportunity to schedule domestic football fixtures at times when they are not liable to be disrupted by the contemporaneous broadcasting of football to the detriment of stadium attendance and amateur participation in the sport1.
In July 1998, the Commission issued a statement of objections asserting that the black-out rules infringed the prohibitions against unlawful restrictions on competition
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