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Friday 09 August 2013

Reporting Illegal Broadcasts

Advice for fans on how to report illegal broadcasting of Barclays Premier League matches

The only legitimate way that pubs, clubs and other commercial premises in the UK may broadcast Barclays Premier League matches is through a commercial subscription to one or both of the Premier League’s authorised UK broadcasters, Sky and BT.

Neither UK broadcaster is authorised to televise 3pm kick-offs on a Saturday afternoon as these fall within the FA’s “Closed Period”, under UEFA Article 48, which is primarily designed to protect match attendances (both at a professional and amateur level) and promote grass-roots participation in football. Therefore, no commercial premises in the UK is authorised to show Barclays Premier League matches kicking-off on a Saturday at 3pm.

The Premier League is aware that a number of commercial premises seek to use unauthorised foreign viewing systems and illegal websites to avoid paying for legitimate commercial subscriptions and/or to show matches kicking-off during the Closed Period. Any commercial premises undertaking this kind of activity is infringing the Premier League’s copyright.

We take a strong and active approach towards the enforcement of our copyright and continue to pursue criminal and civil court actions, both against the commercial premises that are breaching our copyright and against those who supply unauthorised viewing systems to facilitate such breaches.

We have also recently announced the launch of a new enhanced “Pub Visits” Programme which will see our representatives, ID Inquiries Ltd, monitoring more commercial premises than ever before as we seek to identify and put an end to illegal activity.

We appreciate members of the public contacting us to assist in our efforts in this area. If you know that a business is showing Barclays Premier League matches via a foreign satellite system or through an unauthorised website, or if someone has tried to sell you a foreign satellite system, you can report this directly to ID Inquiries by following the link below: 

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Key Points

  • UK broadcasters are not authorised to televise live Barclays Premier League matches kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon
  • A number of commercial premises seek to use unauthorised foreign viewing systems and illegal websites to avoid paying for legitimate subscriptions and show matches during the "Closed Period"
  • We welcome members of the public getting in touch to help us stop these illegal broadcasts