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Fans hit out at the EFL for their latest statement

Fans have chosen to hit out at the EFL for their latest statement which was published on Wednesday over illegal streaming and iFollow.

With supporters unable to watch their beloved club inside stadiums due to the coronavirus pandemic, they now have to pay for the league organisation’s streaming service.

However, it’s encountered a problem in some way almost every match-week, causing fans to lose patience and turn to an illegal stream which tends to run better and smoother than the iFollow.

Now the EFL and it’s Championship, League One and League Two clubs are demanding and taking action as it’s losing them money when they most need it.

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EFL STATEMENT:

The EFL, alongside all 72 of its member Clubs, has today launched a campaign aimed at discouraging the illegal streaming of fixtures, warning that doing so will take vital revenue away from Clubs.

The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent behind-closed-doors matches mean that income generated by streaming on the League’s official service, iFollow (or club equivalent service), is more important than ever, and remains one of the only income streams available at this challenging time.

Illegal streaming, therefore, is having a greater impact on Clubs whilst supporters are unable to attend matches. The EFL and its Clubs could potentially lose around a third of income from illegal streaming this season, a figure which is potentially much higher when factoring in every illegal stream.

Statistics show that over half of sports fans consume sports content from pirate services at least once a month. Over 7,000 illegal EFL streams have been detected so far this season, with an average of 170 people viewing each stream, totalling almost 1.2million people. Supporters in the UK accessing iFollow (or club equivalent) via a VPN are also accessing the stream illegally.

Failure to comply with the terms set out when subscribing to iFollow is a serious breach and allows the EFL to terminate the subscription. Clubs streaming through their own services are likely to have very similar rights in their terms and conditions.  

The EFL and its Clubs take piracy incredibly seriously, working with a specialist security agency to proactively seek out illegal streams on all formats and taking action against businesses and individuals.

Supporters are therefore encouraged to report any illegal streams, or pubs that may be showing EFL content unlawfully, by emailing piracy@efl.com. All emails will be treated confidentially.

More information on the League’s official streaming service, iFollow, can be found here.

– STATEMENT ENDS –

As mentioned, fans hit out at the EFL for their latest statement, see what they had to say below…

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