Pub fined £11,000 for televising Premier League matches

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A Burnley pub has been fined a hefty sum for televising unauthorised foreign broadcasts of Premier League football matches.

The Sun Inn was ordered by the High Court to pay £11,000 after the Premier League issued legal proceedings against Neosat, a company accused of supplying illegal broadcast systems which facilitate pirated streams of its football matches.

Eleven other pubs were included in the civil claim but The Sun Inn in Burnley Road was hit with the biggest fine. The Premier League will receive costs in excess of £100,000 as part of the action.

This will be the fourth supplier the league has taken civil legal action against in the last 12 months – with a number of others set to follow.

A further two suppliers were recently subject to criminal action and custodial sentences were secured against the individuals involved in both cases.

A statement from the Premier League read: “The feedback we have had from publicans in recent years is that we should be focussing on suppliers. We have listened and Neosat will be the fourth major supplier we have taken civil action against in the last 12 months.

“The actions against suppliers and pubs in recent weeks and months make it absolutely clear that there are huge risks for pubs when they enter into contracts with suppliers other than a commercial subscription with Sky Sports and BT Sport. Our message to pubs is clear: don’t take the risk and call Sky and BT to find out about their latest offers for commercial premises in the UK.”