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Premier League SUSPEND £43m rights deal with Russia’s Match TV

Premier League SENDS their six-year £43m TV rights deal with Russian broadcaster Match TV in response to Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine

  • Russian broadcaster Match TV has suspended since its Premier League rights deal
  • At the AGM of the competition on Thursday, clubs were informed of Match TV’s decision
  • The deal, worth £43 million, was set to open in August but has now been shelved
  • Match TV has ties to the Russian government, opening the channel in person following a presidential decree issued by Vladimir Putin three years ago

The Premier League has suspended its six-year deal with Russian broadcaster Match TV.

All 20 clubs met at the league’s annual general meeting on Thursday and were told the deal has been suspended due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The Premier League deal with Match TV was set to start next season.

Russian media group Rambler previously held the rights, but saw that contract suspended by league officials in March after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a month earlier.

After the raid earlier this year, the Premier League games were initially allowed to take place in Russia.

But heading into a new season, and with no end in sight to the war in Ukraine, Premier League bosses have taken a firm stance ahead of the Match TV deal that kicks off this summer.

Match TV has close ties to the Russian government, as they are owned by Gazprom Media, and the channel was opened in person three years ago following a presidential decree by President Vladimir Putin.

More to follow.

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The move from the Premier League in response to the war in Ukraine is costing every club millions

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally opened Match TV after a presidential decree

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally opened Match TV after a presidential decree

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