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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."


French club travels 10,670 miles for domestic cup game

The 700 mile round trip between Newcastle and Swansea is the Premier League's biggest Credit: PA

Supporters of Trélissac, a club in the French fourth division, were forced to travel 10,670 miles to see their team play in the French Cup on Saturday.

The 21,340 mile round trip brought them 750 miles east of Australia to the French overseas state of New Caledonia.

Overseas French territories such as Mayotte, French Polynesia and New Caledonia are permitted to enter one team into the 7th round of the French Cup, decided by a knockout competition in their respective territories.

AS Magenta, who topped New Caledonia'a top division last season, were convincingly beaten 3-0 by fourth division Trélissac on Saturday.

The journey for Trélissac's supporters was more than 30 times greater than the longest trip for fans in England's Premier League, which involves Newcastle and Swansea.

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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