Pubs closed for 'internet soccer screenings'

By John Harrington

- Last updated on GMT

Twelve licences suspended in crackdown
Twelve licences suspended in crackdown
Twelve Humberside pubs have had their licences suspended for allegedly screening football via the internet. The Morning Advertiser understands that...

Twelve Humberside pubs have had their licences suspended for allegedly screening football via the internet.

The Morning Advertiser understands that the venues are suspected of using "slingbox" devices to use internet signals to show games on screens.

It marks a new twist in the crackdown on Premiership football screenings in pubs via systems that aren't Sky or ESPN.

Dave Henderson, licensing manager for Hull City Council, said: "Following reports of the illegal streaming of football matches, we are conducting a summary review of the premises concerned.

"As an interim step whilst this review is undertaken, the licences for these premises have been suspended resulting in the temporary closure of the businesses. Until the review of each premise has concluded we cannot comment further."

The 12 venues were raided earlier this month. Several private addresses were also raided and three arrests were made as part of the investigations.

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