The Premier League has already acted against illegal streaming of live matches via the internet. A recent court ruling means the UK’s major ISPs must block First Row Sports or face prosecution.

Of course there will always be ways around this but for the Premier League it works on two fronts as on the one hand it shows visible proof that they are actually doing something to protect Sky and BT’s investment in broadcasting rights, whilst at the same time stopping a number of people getting illegal internet access.

SKYPUB1Not surprisingly, pubs and clubs are next on the hit list and the Premier League has now announced a new initiative targeting them.

A Glasgow firm, ID Inquiries, has now been appointed by the Premier League to monitor pubs that may be using overseas satellite feeds and/or illegal websites.

A Premier League spokesman;

“The newly enhanced investigations programme follows recent successes in the High Court, including injunctions against the use of foreign satellite systems, and unauthorised streaming websites, being used in commercial premises to broadcast Premier League football.”

While the Portsmouth landlady won her own personal legal battle with the Premier League, the European court also ruled that landlords using foreign satellite systems to show Premier League matches would be liable for prosecution.

The technicalities of the subject are that while live football matches can’t be copyrighted, the graphics, team icons and music can be, these angles are the intellectual property of the Premier League and not the matches themselves.

Turning the sound down and strategically placing beer mats is apparently no defence…

The Premier League spokesman again;

“We remind all publicans that Sky Sports and BT Sport are the only authorised broadcasters of live Premier League matches in the UK and legal action will be taken against those who use unauthorised satellite systems to show Premier League matches in commercial premises.”

Where I live EVERY pub and club has got continental/dodgy/foreign satellite systems, it is a choice of having your place full of people spending money or tumbleweed blowing through your establishment.

I don’t think you need any top notch private investigators to find places showing matches illegally, it is basically shooting fish in a barrel.

The question is how do you stop them and now pubs and clubs in many/most cases see this money as not a bonus but an essential part of their income, the aren’t going to give it up voluntarily. It is almost like telling pubs and clubs that they aren’t allowed to open on a Saturday night.

Now it is the done thing on places like Tyneside and there is clearly a massive demand from both punters and publicans alike, it is a shame that a solution can’t be reached whereby pubs & clubs were offered some kind of legal feed and paid a fair price to get it.

The question now is unfortunately just which pubs and clubs will the Premier League choose to make examples of and how high will the punishment/fine be?

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Conman 5pts

You really couldn't make it up.

Everyone knows these two needed replacing 2 months ago They are the weakest part of the table. Pathetic shambles.

Kazie23 5pts

The best partnership would be Williamson and Mbemba

Milo79 5pts

McClaren is starting to spout some of the same shite we heard from Pardew and Carver. 'Everything's fine'. 

stepaylor 5pts

Taylor has ability but also is a liability, williamson lacks acceleration and doesnt make good decisions sometimes. Its incredible that they will be our centre back pairing against Southampton. Were actually lucky as they match up ok against the higher ball attack the saints play with graziano pelle.

What happens when they play against pace which is at least every other game in the premier league. Mbemba will replace one of them quite quickly. As soon as he has had time to get comfortable with the team.

We can beat southampton if our defence get to grips with pelle strength. We have the players to create chances and hopefully we start taking some of them

Morpeth mag
Morpeth mag 5pts

If this assumption is correct, it will be another long season, they are the two worst center halfs in the premier, ive been watching newcastle since 1965/66 and Williamson is the worst center back I have seen in a black and white strip and there have been some bad ones, for some reason the club has never got this position right, we have never had a real dominating pairing, even in the 90s when we had the best team ive seen playing for us, we still never sorted it out properly, the nearest we came was when we bought woodgate, but unfortunately it never worked, as he was a class act, but his body never stood up to the rigors of top flight football.

anybody who thinks that this pairing is good enough and I include McClaren in this, should not be alowed near a premiership football team, as they don't know what they are doing,,, our main priority at the end of last season should have been to bring in two decent center backs,,

desree 5pts

Based on past experience I predict;

Steven Taylor sent off stroke of half time, deliberate handball from a harmless corner when at 0-0 go in 1-0 down and 10 men

mitrovic taken off, replaced by mbemba. williamson sent off 90th minute professional foul when we are 1-0 down and no chance of a result.

Mbemba plays a blinder but hands in a transfer request as he has got a young geordie lass pregnant. His dads club in DR Congo offer him a contract but can't pay a fee or his wages.

Hughie 5pts

Willo and Taylor odds on to start--unbelievable!!

Artie Fufkin
Artie Fufkin 5pts

Is there a question whether Chancel Mbemba will be ready for Saturday? There is still some paperwork to complete. I think we'd ideally see Chancel Mbemba & Taylor start but we may just be a week too early. 

It is all guess work, I do think Mbemba will make a huge difference, he's got mobility that will make up for Collo's / Talors & Williamson's shortcomings. 

keeganRescueUs 5pts

Absolutely no evidence this is going to happen, an educated guess at best

Ring around Uranus
Ring around Uranus 5pts

I would like to see Hariis Vuckic play at CH. He has everything a modern day CH requires. Tall, Good on the ball.

I remember Steven Howie being converted from CF and he went on to play for England .

Geordie Zebra
Geordie Zebra 5pts

Don't be daft. Cannot make it in his own position, never mind somebody else's. Mbemba plus a new signing is our only option for everybody's sanity.

tkSteveFOX 5pts

My mind is riddled, how can you possibly consider playing Williamson and Taylor in an EPL game?
Man, just buy two Serie B or Bundesliga 2 CB`s from team of the year and they will do 1000 times better.
I`m OK with having Taylor(not so sure about Mike)as cover on the bench, but seriously, against Costa/Hazard, Rooney/Depay, Aguero/Silva .... are you frockin serious Steve mate?