Thursday September 27 2012
Madrid clubs could face extra tax

Madrid’s council has made an official request to the Spanish government for the city’s clubs to pay extra tax for services provided.

According to AS, deputy mayor Angel Villanueva has called for a change to local tax laws so that the three clubs within the municipal boundary - Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano - are charged extra for such things as security and cleaning on match days.

The capital’s other Primera club Getafe would be exempt as they are not governed by Madrid’s city hall, which will now set about working on the initiative alongside other councils around the country.

Businesses around the stadiums are also being targeted to share the extra costs and for using public space, something the deputy mayor argues ‘should be for everybody’.

“The aim of the tax is for the city to see an economic return on the services it provides to private business,” he explained.

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