North East pubs among those paying out almost £100,000 after Premier League legal action

Premier League will receive costs of almost £100,000 as part of a wave of civil actions and settlements with pubs in February and March 2016.

In all cases the pubs were broadcasting unauthorised foreign broadcasts of the League’s football matches. The pubs are:

1. Elmhurst Hotel (London) ordered by the High Court to pay £12,500

2. Coach and Horses (Gateshead) ordered by the High Court to pay £9,500

3. The Bulldog (Liverpool) ordered by the High Court to pay £9,695

4. Bridge Bar (East Grinstead) ordered by the High Court to pay £7,782

5. Hare and Hounds (Nuneaton) ordered by the High Court to pay £5,238

6. Behans Bar (Birmingham) ordered by the High Court to pay £9,909

7. Prince of Wales (Bracknell) ordered by the High Court to pay £10,000

8. Beyond Bar & Grill (Newcastle) agreed to pay £6,462

9. Jack Sparrow (Chertsey) agreed to pay £4,992

10. Coffee House (Liverpool) agreed to pay £8,400

11. Mare and Foal (Manchester) agreed to pay £8,000

12. The Cumberland Arms (North Shields) agreed to pay £6,000

A total of £98,478 will be paid by pubs in costs for breaching Premier League copyright

The actions against 12 pubs continue the League’s programme of protecting its copyright, and looking to support those in the industry which broadcast Premier League football the right way: via commercial subscriptions to Sky Sports and/or BT Sport.

During the last year the League has also taken action against suppliers of systems which facilitate illegal broadcasts of its matches.

Premier League Statement:

“These actions against pubs across the country make it absolutely clear that there are huge risks for pubs when they enter into contracts with suppliers other than Sky Sports and BT Sport.

“We are regularly contacted by publicans who broadcast our matches the right way – on Sky or BT – and are being undercut by competitors that make unauthorised foreign broadcasts.

“Feedback we have had from the trade in recent years is that we should also target suppliers of unauthorised systems and we have done so. In the last year alone we have taken legal action against four suppliers.

“Our message to pubs is clear: don’t take the risk and call Sky and BT to find out about their latest offers for commercial premises in the UK."