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China plans blocking EPL Broadcast for supporting Ukraine

 China plans blocking EPL Broadcast for supporting Ukraine

This is even as the Premier League expressed intention to show solidarity with Ukraine in various ways across the 10-match programme, a report by Deutsche Presse-Agentur/NAN indicated.

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The Republic of China will block coverage in its territory of this weekend’s English Premier League fixtures as Britain’s biggest clubs continue to demonstrate support for Ukraine.

This is even as the Premier League expressed intention to show solidarity with Ukraine in various ways across the 10-match programme, a report by Deutsche Presse-Agentur/NAN indicated.

This will start with Leicester City’s home clash against Leeds United in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Chinese rights holder iQIYI Sports had first reacted by refusing to show the matches. 

While the Premier League had yet to comment on the issue, there are indications the blackout is due to go ahead.

The move has been interpreted as a sign of China’s strong relationship with Russia.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said the league’s Russian television deal with Rambler was “under review”.

He added it could be suspended or terminated soon.




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