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LNFS seeks to head off RFEF intervention in Spanish futsal

Liga Nacional de Fútbol Sala (LNFS), organising body of the top two divisions of futsal in Spain, has reportedly approved the launch of a lawsuit against the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) over its attempts to seize control of the competitions.

The Palco23 website, citing Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser, said the LNFS has also requested precautionary measures to ensure the competitions can continue to operate during the ongoing 2019-20 season.

The RFEF last month said it had moved to assume control of organisational responsibilities for the top two futsal divisions in Spain, dislodging the LNFS in the process. In what can be looked upon as its latest power grab in the Spanish game, the RFEF said that it had been recognised in court that there was no legal agreement for the LNFS to organise the competitions.

The federation said that a sub-committee comprising the participating clubs had been established to help supervise and develop the competitions.

The LNFS holds a broadcast rights partnership with LaLigaSportsTV, the OTT platform of LaLiga. The organising body of the top two divisions of Spanish football and the RFEF have long had a rocky relationship under the leadership of Javier Tebas and Luis Rubiales, respectively.