Second half of Murphy case to kick off tomorrow

By James Wilmore

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Related tags: Foreign satellite football, European union, Law, Karen murphy

The second part of Karen Murphy's landmark High Court appeal over foreign satellite football will go ahead tomorrow as expected. The arguments over...

The second part of Karen Murphy's landmark High Court appeal over foreign satellite football will go ahead tomorrow as expected.

The arguments over European competition law will be heard over two days - despite another High Court foreign satellite football case involving two suppliers today being referred to the European Court of Justice.

And Murphy's legal team is hoping her case will also be referred to the higher European court.

During a preliminary hearing today, Martin Howe QC, acting for the defendant said: "Mr Justice Kitchen's judgement strengthens our position."

But earlier Edward Jenkins QC, prosecuting, argued the Murphy case should be treated separately. "We are aware of the issues that have arisen, but that was a civil case and this is criminal," he said.

He said there were around 50 prosecutions outstanding and other trading standards investigations going on. "So the criminal aspect in terms of its knock-on effect is of considerable importance," Jenkins added.

Murphy, licensee of the Red, White & Blue in Portsmouth, had the first part of her appeal against a Crown Court conviction for screening foreign satellite football rejected last December. However the judges agreed to hear further arguments on the issue.

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