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Police make arrests for allowing illegal TV access to Spanish soccer 

The National Police have arrested seven people for the sharing of manipulated decoders for illegal access to Spanish soccer TV.

The arrests were made in Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Cordoba and Toledo.

Police said they used a card system which allowed mutiple users to share a signal giving access to television platforms and channels which should be paid for.

These included soccer matches in La Liga.

Those arrested advertised on websites, announcing that the buyer could see paid content.

Each of those arrested obtained 4,000 euros per month with the illegal sale.

The investigation began following a formal complaint from the Liga de Fútbol Profesional as owners of the soccer match rights to La Liga’s first and second divisions.

Police said one person would pay for the rights and then redistributed the coded channels to other people.

Subscribers paid between 130 and 350 euros, depending on the model used and the decoder TV platform which provided access.

Those arrested face prosecution for a crime against television broadcasting services and another against intellectual property.

Police say the users are also culpritable for using the service.

In a statement, La Liga welcomed the arrests and said it would continue to do all within its powers to protect the rights of the companies and the legitimate users of the service.