Sky football court case goes into extra time.

By Iain O'Neil

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Sky football court case goes into extra time.
Judge calls for more time to consider evidence in foreign satellite football case

A Portsmouth licensee will have to wait until the end of the month to find out if she has won the right to show foreign satellite football in her pub.

Karen Murphy of the Red, White and Blue in Southsea was in court today after Media Protection Services porosecuted her for showing Premiership football via a Greek satellite tv station.

Murphy, a Fuller's tenant who was previously under Gales, protested her innocence and showed the court letters from Gales which highlighted the availability of the NOVO satellite service and claimed it was a cheap alternative to Sky.

She was represented by Paul Dixon and Sarah Spears who recently successfully defended Rochdale licensee Brian Gannon against a similar charge - although he showed football during the Saturday afternoon closed period.

Murphy said she had never shown matches in the 2.45 to 5.15pm closed period and as far as she had been informed she was not breaking any laws.

Sky and the FA Premier League argued that they have exclusive rights to show Premiership football in this country and maintained the Murphy had broken the law.

The judge, Justice Anne Arnold, listened to more than five hours of evidence, including testimony from satellite experts brought in by both sides.

In the end she announced she needed more time to consider the evidence and adjourned the case until June 27.

Murphy told morningadvertiser.co.uk she had hoped the trial could have been concluded today but added: "I don't think their argument was very good. As far as I'm concerned I haven't acted dishonestly. I was introduced to this system by my brewery."

Murphy is the first of five Portsmouth licensees charged with the same offence and the group have clubbed together a £15,000 fighting fund to pay her legal costs.

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