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Spanish league says govt tax hike may scare away top players

MADRID (AP) The Spanish league has warned clubs that tax increases for the rich proposed by the government could scare away soccer's top talents.

The Associated Press has seen a letter Liga president Javier Tebas sent to clubs saying the suggested tax reform would "negatively impact the competitiveness of our league."

Tebas says the proposed hikes for wealthy individuals and businesses would cost clubs 80 million euros (91.7 million dollars) and "mean a loss of 20 elite players from our league."