By Jacob Whitehead and Dan Sheldon
3 March 2022Updated 1:58 PM GMT
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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has confirmed that the organisation’s TV deals with Russian companies are under review.

Speaking at the FT Business of Sport Summit, Masters stated that they were “clearly under review.”

The Premier League’s TV deal for Russia between 2019 and the end of the 2021-2022 is with Rambler Media, which is owned by state-owned bank Sberbank.

Sberbank has been sanctioned in both the United Kingdom and the United States after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Local reports suggest the deal, which leads to games being shown on over-the-top platform Okko Sport, is worth around €7 million ($8.2 million) per year.

The Premier League also has a contract with Match TV. Match TV is owned by Gazprom Media, ultimately owned by Gazprombank — which was also named by the US Treasury last week. The deal comes into effect for the 2022-23 season and is reported to be a six-year agreement worth in the region of €50 million.

Match TV was also ordered to open by Vladimir Putin, as per decree No 715 signed by the president of the Russian Federation on June 24, 2009.

Elsewhere in England, the Football Association has a contract with Match TV to show the FA Cup on the channel in Russia, while UEFA also has a further contract with Match TV to show the Champions League in the region.

Asked about the deals, Masters said: “In regards to our international broadcast contracts in Russia. Clearly, they are under review. And in many respects, I would like the Russian people to see the strength of feeling in the Premier League and in English football this weekend. But we are looking at them very closely in terms of suspension or termination, given the current circumstances.”

As reported earlier this week, The Athletic understands La Liga, who have their own agreement with Match TV, are also reviewing all of their business dealings in Russia.

The Premier League is planning a league-wide show of support this weekend, which includes captains wearing armbands in the Ukrainian colours, and words of support on pitch-side LED screens.

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