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Ben Speight, head of SportBusiness Intelligence, breaks down the German TV market – one of the few in Europe where free-to-air spend on sport is higher than that of pay-TV.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has dismissed allegations that he helped cover up a top footballer’s positive doping test as “silly” and “unconvincing”, adding that he and Russia were being smeared as payback for winning the hosting rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Fifa has hit out at German rights partner ARD after the public-service broadcaster aired a documentary surrounding the bidding process and preparations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.