Landlady given February date for TV football ruling

Karen Murphy, landlady of the Red White & Blue pub. Fawcett Road, Southsea.
Karen Murphy, landlady of the Red White & Blue pub. Fawcett Road, Southsea.
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PUB landlady Karen Murphy has been told the outcome of her historic legal case will finally be decided in February next year.

It will mark the end of a six-year battle with Sky and the Premier League over whether she can show football matches in the Red, White and Blue pub, in Fawcett Road, Southsea, using a cheap foreign channel.

In May this year the European Court of Justice ruled in favour of Mrs Murphy in the dispute, but now the UK High Court also must approve the decision and settle some aspects of copyright law.

Her lawyer Paul Dixon said they hoped it would simply be a matter of ‘rubber stamping’ the EU court’s verdict.

The decision could then cause a major shake-up for the Premier League, whose exclusive agreement with Sky in the UK was described in May as being ‘contrary to EU law’.