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TV football choice 'upheld' by EU advice

An advocate at the European Court of Justice has said that pub landlords are free to use foreign satellite receivers to broadcast Premier League football.

The non-binding opinion was given in relation to a case brought against Portsmouth landlady Karen Murphy, who had received a fine for using cheaper Greek equipment to broadcast games.

Murphy has said that European law should allow her to show games carried by any European provider.

EU advocate-general Julianne Kokott today said she agreed with the landlady. The European Court of Justice will formally rule on the case at a later date.

Success for Ms Murphy could have significant implications for pub landlords who wish to show football, but currently cannot afford Sky or ESPN. The broadcasters currently have the UK rights to Premier League matches.

Ms Murphy was originally prosecuted by the Football Association Premier League Limited. She was forced to pay some £8,000.

If Ms Kokott’s opinion is upheld, Mr Murphy’s conviction is likely to be overturned – and Premier League football is likely to become more widely available in the UK.

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