Finance guru: Man City legal battle to rage on for 'years' after 'big' development
Income lost to illegal streaming will remain a “big issue” for the likes of Man City for years to come.
That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest developments in the war on Premier League piracy.
Inside World Football reported on Wednesday (14 September) Manchester Crown Court has sentenced streaming racketeer Michael Hornun, 38, to four years and six months in prison.
Hornung is still at large and believed to have fled to Northern Cyprus, with whom the UK has no extradition agreement.
The offender is understood to have sold illegal streaming services with a particular focus on the Premier League.
Plumley explained why the case will be far from the last fought on behalf of the top flight.
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“We have seen this narrative from the Premier League in the last few years,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“The argument is that it is costing the clubs money because those are rights that could otherwise be sold elsewhere.
“It is an issue that they’ve been trying to tackle for years. It’s really tricky in terms of how you try and stop it. We saw that fallout linked to the Saudi stuff, so you can see how big an issue it is.
“These deals would go for millions, which would then be divided and put into the central pot for clubs.
“The clubs don’t necessarily need that money because the existing TV deal is pretty good. But it’s still a problem and one I think they will continue to struggle with for a few years yet.”