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Broadcasters cannot stop customers using cheaper foreign satellite TV equipment to watch Premier League football, an EU legal adviser has said.

A non-binding opinion from advocate Juliane Kokott of the European Court of Justice said a block breached EU laws.

Portsmouth pub landlady Karen Murphy, fined for using Greek decoders, had argued the EU single market should let her use any European provider.

Sky and ESPN have the broadcast rights to Premier League football in the UK.

The satellite broadcaster has pumped billions into top flight English football since the league was founded in 1992, with the money given to clubs allowing them to buy some of the top names in the world.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will make a ruling on the matter later this year.

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srs sauce

not a definitive ruling but perhaps it indicates how the court may see it. what do you think?
26 January 2011 @ 07:26 pm

Breaking news: Richard Keys resigns from Sky according to TalkSport. More to follow shortly

Sauce: The Guardian... shortly


25 January 2011 @ 04:24 pm
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I think this is to do with something else though. Kay Burley just reported breaking news that Andy Gray has been sacked, but Sky News's website has crashed so there's no source... Sky News' website is working now. And the reason for his sacking on The Guardian's website.

For now, make do with Sky News's Twitter as the source:

The Sky Sports touchline reporter who was caught on camera making sexist comments about a female assistant referee ahead of Saturday's match between Wolves and Liverpool has also been hauled off air by the broadcaster.

Burton said "apparently, a female lino today, bit of a looker", with Gray responding: "A female linesman?"

"He [a Sky Sports crew member] says she [Massey] is all right," Burton continued, "now I don't know if I should trust his judgement on that?"

Gray then said: "No, I wouldn't. I definitely wouldn't ... I can see her from here," before swearing and adding: "What do women know about the offside rule?"

The reporter had previously been at the centre of unwelcome headlines for Sky Sports in 2007, when he was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 compensation following a pub fight with the DJ Richard Bacon.

Betfair, the online betting exchange endorsed by Gray, said today it condemned the former player's behaviour but would not be dropping him from its advertising for now.

"Betfair doesn't tolerate sexism, and we expect others who represent our brand to share similar values," said a spokesman. "We've expressed our disappointment to Andy Gray's representatives about the comments that have been reported in the media over the last 48 hours. At present we have no plans to change the way we work with Andy." (LOL OKIE DOKIE THEN)


24 January 2011 @ 01:43 pm

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Andy Gray and Richard Keys have been suspended from tonight's Bolton v Chelsea clash as the furore surrounding their sexist comments escalates.

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23 January 2011 @ 06:45 pm
As you have probably heard, Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys were recorded making disparaging and completely sexist remarks about linesman Sian Massey and her ability to perform her job during yesterday's game between Liverpool and Wolves.

Full quotes here: 

Although they believed that their microphones were switched off, this is absolutely no excuse. 

Sky Sports is viewed by millions. Those remarks were made by two people who, for better or for worse, are watched and listened to by millions. 

Sexism is already a huge problem in this sport, without Keys' and Gray's pearls of wisdom serving to reinforce tiresome stereotypes about women and football.

This, sadly, hasn't received all that much attention in the media as of yet. I think it's incredibly important that we let Sky know that this is unacceptable.

There are two ways to do that. You can do one of them, or you can do both. Just do something.

Firstly, you can fill in this form:

Secondly, you can complain to Ofcom:

22 January 2011 @ 10:44 pm
Mic captures Sky presenters' sexist diatribe against female linesman

Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys were at the centre of a sexism row last night after they questioned whether a female linesman knew the offside rule during a Premier League football match.

The commentators, who apparently believed their microphones were switched off, were recorded making disparaging remarks about Sian Massey, 25, before Liverpool’s Premiership clash with Wolves yesterday. They also criticised Apprentice star and West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady who had yesterday written about sexism in a newspaper column.

Commenting on Ms Massey, Mr Keys said: ‘Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.’

Mr Gray, a former Scottish international footballer, replied: ‘Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.’

Mr Keys replied: ‘Course they don’t. I can guarantee you there will be a big one today. Kenny (Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish) will go potty. This isn’t the first time, is it? Didn’t we have one before?’

Later in the exchange, Mr Keys said: ‘The game’s gone mad. Did you hear charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Do me a favour, love.’

Ms Brady had said she had ‘experienced sexism at its rankest, lies about my personal life and a level of calculated mischief that is simply appalling’.

Asked about the pundits’ remarks, she said: ‘I think this just sums up everything I said in my column.’

During the game, which Liverpool won 3-0, Ms Massey angered Wolves by refusing to rule Raul Meireles offside before he set up Liverpool’s first goal. The replay showed that she made the correct decision.

When The Mail on Sunday put the transcript to Mr Keys, he said: ‘I have no recollection of that. I have no idea what you are talking about. My recollection is that I wished the young lady all the best.’

When told a recording existed of the conversation, he said: ‘If you have a tape then you don’t need me to talk to you.’

Last night The Mail on Sunday sent a transcript and a copy of the recording to a Sky Sports spokeswoman.

She was not able to confirm or deny the veracity of the clip, which was provided to this newspaper by an anonymous source.

Mr Gray could not be reached last night


I was half sleep when I flipped to this game (yes, I watched a Liverpool game). They showed her and my reaction was "what? that a woman?!?! YOU GO GIRL!!" I don't know if I had these two assholes as my commentators, but iirc, mine praised her for getting the call right/doing a fantastic job.
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This is a Chelsea post.

So, yeah. Our team's form has been pretty woeful of late. So I thought I'd do a Chelsea entry, spread the love a bit, remind ourselves why we maintain this abusive relationship with our girlfriend Chels!!
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And finally, I wanna know what my fellow Chelsea gurls expect of/hope from this season!! I think anything higher than a top four finish is beyond us, I would happily take third of fourth place right now, especially as the other four teams (Utd/City/Arse/Spuds) don't look to be running out of steam any time soon. But we best win the CL. I want this so. facking. much. srsly. And a decent run in the FA Cup would be nice. I fully want a win tomorrow!!
Don't sweat it too much though, 'cos even though I'm panicking like woah, I have faith that we'll be less shit at some point. Chelsea, Chelsea, I think I believe? ;)