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Premier League confident over Ofcom investigation

The Premier League insists they abide by EU and UK competition law following news that Ofcom will launch an investigation into how their TV rights are sold.

A Premier League statement said: "We note that Ofcom has launched an inquiry.

"Ofcom has stated that this is at an early stage and it has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of any infringement.

"The Premier League currently sells its audio-visual rights in a way that is compatible with UK and EU competition law and will continue to do so. We will be able to demonstrate that as part of this process."

Ofcom to investigate sale of Premier League TV rights

Regulator Ofcom will investigate how the Premier League sold its live television rights after a complaint from Virgin Media.

Earlier this year, Virgin Media said it had filed a complaint over the increasing costs of showing matches, and claimed consumers were paying more as a result of the escalating bidding war between broadcasters.

Sky and BT currently own the live rights to Premier League matches.

Ofcom said it would consider whether there had been a breach of either British or European Competition law which distorts or restricts competition.

Sky Sports and BT Sport were not immediately available for comment.

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