Pub Landlady Wins EU Court Against Premier League And Sky

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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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