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Spanish league to fine clubs if empty seats shown on TV

FC Barcelona v Sporting Gijon - La Liga

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 23: A general view of the Camp Nou stadium ahead of the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sporting Gijon at Camp Nou on April 23, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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MADRID (AP) The Spanish league plans to fine clubs that allow empty seats to be shown on television next season.

Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, says new regulations require top-tier clubs to fill sections of the stadium which are shown by certain camera angles.

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The move is part of the league’s efforts to improve its product for television audiences and increase its competitiveness with the English Premier League.

Tebas said teams will have to allocate fans in the right places to avoid being fined.

He said the move will also force clubs to find ways to increase attendance.