A pub landlord has to pay £6,000 fine after he was caught screening Premiership football via Albanian satellite broadcaster DigitAlb.

A Black Country pub owner, Alistair Milne, of The Horseley Tavern, Horseley Heath, Tipton, did not appear in court and was found guilty in his absence but he said that will appeal because it could force him to “go bust”.

Prosecuting for the Media Protection Service, Ms Victoria Oakes, said: “The logo in the corner was for an Albanian company that does not have the rights to screen Premier League matches in the UK.

“The amount it should have cost the premises to screen the matches is £4,250.40 a year. That is what it should have cost him. There are those businesses who are paying quite a big amount to screen the matches properly in these difficult times.”

Mr Milne said: “I didn’t know it was illegal. I paid to screen the matches.

“The company I bought it off came round and fitted it. They even phoned me again a while back to see if I wanted it again this year. I didn’t know whether it was a hoax when they told me it was illegal. I will definitely appeal this. It will send me bust.”

He was fined £5,000, and has been ordered to pay a £15 victim supplement and £1,147 court costs.


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