‘I’m really glad she has won’

The Red White & Blue pub. Fawcett Road, Southsea.
The Red White & Blue pub. Fawcett Road, Southsea.
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With posters for a pop quiz and a men’s darts finals, it looks like any Portsmouth pub.

But a big gathering of media camped outside the Red, White and Blue Pub this morning shows that this isn’t just any ordinary watering hole.

This small Southsea pub has potentially changed the way we watch – and pay – for Premier League football forever.

Every now and again the bar staff stick their heads out the door to see what’s going on.

Craig Purvis, 20, from Lawrence Road, in Southsea, a law student at University of Portsmouth, who was on his way to an EU seminar, said: ‘I think the fact that she is a small pub landlady going up against big corporation is remarkable.

‘The whole idea of the European Union was to create a single market so I don’t see why she shouldn’t be allowed to get Premier League games from abroad.

‘I’m really glad she has won.’

Derek Wareham, 79, of nearby Percy Road, Southsea, said: ‘There comes a time in life you’ve got to stand up for what you believe in.

‘I like to see the small people taking on big companies and winning.

‘We shouldn’t just let companies who only want money and profit do whatever they want. I saw good on her.’

Wayne Buckner, 62, of Bramble Road, Southsea, who is a regular at the pub, said: ‘I think it is a really good thing. She’s been through a lot so it is good that she has finally won. It is a nice pub with a really friendly atmosphere. She is just trying to provide a service for people in this area.’

Ed Kalinski, 55, of Fawcett Road, is a friend of Karen’s and was talking to her yesterday.

He said: ‘This is power to the people. This is real freedom in action. It’s supposed to be what Europe is all about.

‘It’s good that she’s finally won and doesn’t have to fight any more.’