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Tebas plans Arab-friendly La Liga kick off times

by Nick Turner | Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The La Liga President Javier Tebas has claimed that the league’s kick off times could change to reach more fans in the Middle East and North Africa.Javier Tebas

The 51-year-old made his announcement at the opening of the league’s new Dubai based offices, their first regional base outside of Spain.

Tebas also stated that the region could play host to a number of friendlies between Primera Division clubs, and hopes that a bigger relationship between the league and the Arab world will develop over the next few years.

Speaking to Gulf News, Tebas said, “La Liga is working on the best feasible kick-off timings in order to reach as many fans as possible in this region. It’s a challenge but within the next month we will have more news.”

Fernando Sanz, the general director of the league’s new Dubai offices revealed viewing figures for the Middle East, claiming that of the 400 million people who watch El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, 87 million of them are based in the North African region.

Sanz also revealed that just under half of the people in the region watch Spanish football at some point during the season, and is looking to expand the relationship between the two.

“We want to open football schools here not only as star factories but more to share values and experience, channelling that into good habits and nutrition,” commented Sanz.

Spain already has an extraordinary array of kick off times, and this now seems set to be revamped over the coming months.

By Nick Turner Follow: NickTurner1988

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