English football suspends broadcast in Russia


The Premier League turns off the television. The English championship has decided to stop broadcasting its matches in Russia, as a protest against the Russian invasion in Ukraine. « The Premier League and its (20) clubs today (Tuesday, Ed) unanimously took the decision to suspend our agreement with Russian broadcaster Rambler (Okko Sport) with immediate effect« , the organizer of the English Premier League football championship said in a statement.

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The amount of this contract is estimated at 6 million pounds (7.2 million euros), a drop of water out of the 1.3 billion pounds (1.5 billion euros) that the retransmission of the Premier League abroad for the period 2019/2022.

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Rambler, which holds the Russian rights for the current season, is a subsidiary of Sberbank; the matches are broadcast on the Okko streaming platform. Match TV, owned by energy giant Gazprom, won the contract for the next six seasons.

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The Premier League, which led solidarity protests in Matchday 28 matches last weekend, will also « donate £1 million (€1.2 million) to support the people of Ukraine » via the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) association which provides humanitarian aid « directly to those in need“, specifies the entity.

No FA Cup either

The English Football Federation (FA) took the same decision, thus preventing the broadcast in Russia of the quarter-finals of the FA Cup (FA Cup) disputed this month. The English Football League (EFL), which manages the rights for Divisions 2 to 4 of English football, has also withdrawn access to broadcasting in the country for the second division.

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The UK government endorsed the Premier League’s decision through its sport minister, Nigel Huddleston, who said sport must play its part in response to the actions »barbariansled by Vladimir Putin.

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