Pubs shouldn't be stopped from using foreign satellite TV channels to show Premier League football in the UK, a senior European lawyer has said.
The advice - which isn't binding - has been given to the European Court of Justice by a senior legal adviser.
Advocate Juliane Kokott is advising the court ahead of the appeal by a Portsmouth landlady who was fined for using Greek decoders to show football in her pub.
Karen Murphy argued that the EU single market should allow her to use any European TV service - although not those from outside the EU.
Kokott said: 'The exclusivity agreement relating to transmission of football matches are contrary to European Union law.
'(The) exclusivity rights in question have the effect of partitioning the internal market into quite separate national markets, something which constitutes a serious impairment of the freedom to provide services.