Pub landlady wins TV football ruling

Landlady wins TV football ruling
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A landlady wins the latest stage of her legal battle to screen Premier League matches in her pub using a foreign television decoder.

A Portsmouth pub landlady has won the latest stage of her legal battle to screen Premier League matches using a foreign television decoder.

Karen Murphy had been forced to pay almost £8,000 in fines for using the Greek device in her pub the Red, White and Blue.

However, she took her case to the European Court of Justice and the ECJ has now said that national laws which prohibit the import, sale or use of foreign decoder cards are contrary to the freedom to provide services.

"I'm relieved, very relieved," Murphy told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It has been a rollercoaster, highs and lows, nerves... It has been a strange time and I am glad it is coming to an end.

"I feel I have taken on the Premier League and Sky."

The ECJ findings will now go to the High Court in London for a final ruling.

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