Premier League makes £44m decision on TV rights that will affect Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham

The Premier League has taken the decision to suspend its Russian TV deal due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The announcement came on Thursday during the annual general meeting between clubs, with no vote on the resolution taking place.

The deal was with broadcasting company MATCH, which owned the rights to show the Premier League in Russia from the 2022/23 season until 2027/28. The deal was worth £44m over the six years, and this suspension means that no matches will be legally broadcast from there until the deal is released from suspension.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine sent shockwaves around the world, with little left untouched by the news. Football is included in that, with sanctions imposed by UEFA on the Russian Football Federation.

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This can also be felt close to home. Sanctions were imposed on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich by the UK government back in March, with the 55-year-old announcing his intention to sell the club.

His assets were frozen, forcing the Blues to operate under a special sports license until the acquisition was completed. The process was complicated, as the government made sure that the money raised from the sale would not go back to Mr. Abramovich.

The TV deal’s suspension is just the latest in a series of measures put in place by the League in the wake of the invasion.

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