The EBU has just released a statement following Spanish broadcaster RTVE's late broadcast of yesterday's Eurovision Song Contest semi final. Due to the delayed broadcast, Spain's results were delivered by the back up jury.
The EBU has released the following statement:
"Spanish broadcaster TVE did not broadcast the second Semi-Final (Thursday, 14th of May) of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest live, despite the fact that this is mandatory by the Rules of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The European Broadcasting Union asked TVE for an official explanation.
The Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest will decide upon a sanction in its next meeting, after this year's competition. This breach will not affect this year's participation of Spain. Due to the fact that there was no televoting in Spain, only the Spanish jury vote was used."