Karen scores for little pubs

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Little pubs are cheering one plucky landlady.

By rights, Karen Murphy has helped save them from a lingering death. Fed up with paying Sky £700 a month to show football, she bought games from a Greek satellite broadcaster for a tenth.

The Premier League, who sold UK broadcast rights to Sky and ESPN for billions, sued for breach of copyright.

Fined £8,000, she ploughed on. And this week a European court condemned the Premier League’s stance as ‘contrary to EU law’ on free trade.

This is a classic case of decisions being made by big boys, with no regard for the little people. Small pub companies are on their knees; they can afford neither a Sky bill or not to show football.

The Premier League and Sky ought to go easier on them now. But pint to a pound they won’t.