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The way in which lucrative broadcast rights for the English Premier league are sold could soon be changed thanks to the landlady of this pub in the south east coast of England.

Karen Murphy was fined over 9 thousand euros after airing topflight games via a cheaper Greek TV decoder bypassing controls over match screening.

But she took her case to the European Court of Justice, which ruled in her favour.

President of the European Court of Justice Vassilios Skouris said: “The closest of an exclusive license agreement concluded between a holder of intellectual property rights and a broadcaster constitute a restriction on competition prohibited by Article 101 EFEU.”

The landmark ruling could cause a major change in strategy for the Premier League and its current exclusive agreements with Sky Sports and ESPN.

Meanwhile in the Red, White and Blue in Southsea it was all smiles.

‘‘For me it was about purely a corporate business dictating to me what I can and can’t do,’‘ said Mrs Murphy. ‘‘I did not think this was fair, that it was legal, I didn’t think it was right. That was the pure essence of my fight.”

The European Court’s findings will now be passed on to the High Court in London for a final ruling which is also likely to go in favour of Mrs Murphy meaning there could be more raising of glasses to come.

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