Pub Landlady Wins EU Court Against Premier League And Sky

Karen Murphy
Karen Murphy

Karen Murphy has won European Court fight to screen Premier League matches.

Pub landlady Karen Murphy uses a cheaper Greek decoder in her Portsmouth pub to screen Premier League matches. Six years ago she launched her battle after being told she could not use a cheap foreign channel to show games at her pub, The Red, White and Blue, in Southsea. She was fined £8,000 by a British court. The Premier League has sold the right to broadcast games in this country exclusively to Sky and ESPN for £1.8billion. European Court of Justice said the Premier League’s exclusive UK deal with Sky Sports was contrary to EU law and overturned her conviction. She said: “It’s been the battle of the little guy – these corporate people feel they can throw money at things and just win. We are just a tiny pub at the end of the day. I think that many pubs will now look at getting a foreign satellite dish because it is a 10th of the price of Sky.”

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