Suddenly and horrifically, the cash-crazed vampires at the Premier League have decided we should not have fun. You see, they are clearly not making enough money.
The FAPL successfully issued proceedings against a plethora of publicans across Britain, claiming they are breaching copyright law. These cases are now the subject of appeal at the High Court and will be heard next year.
They claim it is illegal to show Premiership football in a UK pub unless the publican has a valid commercial agreement with BSkyB.
The landlords and ladies across Britain have jumped cleverly through this law by paying foreign broadcasters about 800 quid a year for the access to 3pm games. In any case, the FAPL refuses to sell rights to these Holy Grail matches.
But the ramifications of the FAPL winning the High Court cases are not just us losing a boozer to watch the games in.
Under the terms of the great British licensing law, any landlord with a criminal record can be deemed by the council as not a \'fit and proper person\' and their licences will hence be revoked.
Therefore our publicans\' fight to be allowed to show these 3pm matches is not just a matter of extra customers on a Saturday. It\'s also for their livelihoods and is therefore something we should try to defend as hard and stoically as we can.
We want you to support our Back The Boozers campaign. Sign up to our petition attached or email us at email@example.com. Give us your support as we attempt to give the game back to the fans!
We will be taking the petition to the Premier League personally to try to stop them taking these draconian anti-football measures.
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