Pub wins over TV football ruling
4 October 2011 Last updated at 11:59 Help A pub landlady has won the latest stage of her fight to air Premier League games using a foreign TV decoder.
Karen Murphy had to pay nearly £8,000 in fines and costs for using a cheaper Greek decoder in her Portsmouth pub to bypass controls over match screening.
But she took her case to the European Court of Justice.
The ECJ now says national laws which prohibit the import, sale or use of foreign decoder cards are contrary to the freedom to provide services.
Many pubs across the country use foreign satellite subscriptions to show Premiership football due to the extremely high costs of having a pub sky subscription (approx £10,000 a year!!) compared to just a £1000 for one year from other providers like Viasat
Premier League games can be shown on foreign decoders
Karen Murphy saved more than £350 per month by using a cheap foreign decoder
A pub landlady has won the latest stage of her fight to air Premier League games using a foreign TV decoder, reports BBC News.
The European Court of Justice ruling could deal a major blow to the Premier League and its lucrative TV rights model. The BBC sports editor David Bond explains: "Unlikely though it might seem, the case all centres on a Portsmouth pub, the Red, White and Blue, and its landlady, Karen Murphy. She was fined back in 2006 for showing her customers live Premier League matches accessed via a Greek service and an illegal decoder."
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