PP Sports ‘countersues Premier League over collapsed deal’

English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on January 19, 2020. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese streaming platform PP Sports is following through on a threat last year to sue the English Premier League over their collapsed media rights deal, according to a report in the Financial Times.

The UK newspaper said PPLive Sports International - PP Sports' official company name - is claiming back money that it paid the league before the deal collapsed. PP Sports paid around half of the $700m (€580m) total fee due under the three-year contract, but claims it received "less than a third" of the value. The deal was terminated last September, after the end of the first season, 2019-20, which was interrupted by the pandemic.

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