The Premier League has suspended its six-year deal with Russian broadcaster Match TV due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine, according to Football.London.
All 20 clubs met at an annual general meeting in Harrogate on Thursday morning, where the decision to put the broadcasting deal on hold was announced by chiefs of the division.
The deal, which is thought to be worth up to £44 million across six years, was due to start next season after the previous agreement with Rambler was suspended in March (Independent).
Match TV is thought to have close ties with the Russian government and is currently owned by Gazprom Media (Daily Mail).
It has not been noted how long the suspension will last or whether the contract will be torn up completely going forward.
The meeting also saw clubs discuss the congested fixture schedule ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this year and the Premier League’s connection with the gambling industry.
Spurs Web Opinion
From a business point of view, this will be disappointing for those at the top, but it would have caused a big backlash if it was left to run as normal. Ultimately, it is the correct decision to cut any ties to Russia and the Russian government, while standing with Ukraine.
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