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Premier League to discuss ending £43m Russian TV deal

According to BBC, The Premier League will discuss whether it should end its £43m six-year deal with Russian broadcaster Match TV at this week’s annual general meeting.

The previous deal with Rambler was suspended in March  following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

That contract expired at the end of the season, with one for the 2022-23 campaign set to begin in August.

The Premier League’s association with the gambling industry is also set to be discussed.

Half of the league’s 20 clubs had betting firms on their shirts last season and a proposal to ban clubs from having betting sponsors was included in a draft white paper, sources told BBC Sport last month.

The Premier League has previously suggested self-regulation was the preferred way forward. On Tuesday, Wolves revealed global payment solutions provider AstroPay will replace international gaming company ManBetX as their main shirt sponsor next season.

With no easing of the conflict in Ukraine, Premier League clubs must decide how to proceed on their Russian broadcast deal.

Match TV is owned by Gazprom Media, which is backed by the Russian government.

The length of the contract means it is more valuable than if it had just covered three years as is usually the case.

Under the circumstances, it is thought scrapping the deal altogether would be easier than suspending it, if the contractual position allows.

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