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EU officials raid offices of Murdoch's 21st Century Fox

Fox Networks Group said it was fully cooperating with the investigation.

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EUROPEAN UNION INVESTIGATORS have raided the London offices of 21st Century Fox as part of an inquiry into the distribution of media rights for sporting events.

The European Commission, the executive of the European Union, said in a statement yesterday that it carried out “unannounced inspections” at offices in several European countries, but it didn’t identify the companies involved.

Rupert Murdoch is the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox.

Fox Networks Group, which includes the company’s television, cable and sports media businesses, said in a statement that it is “cooperating fully” with the inspection.

The commission says it has concerns that some companies “may have violated EU anti-trust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.”

“Unannounced inspections are a preliminary step into suspected anti-competitive practices.”

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But the commission stressed that the fact it “carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behavior.”

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