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Police warn football fans they can shut down illegal streams at critical moment

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The upcoming Europa League and Champions League finals feature teams exclusively from England, and the Police warn football fans of illegal streaming.

Police can pull the plug on streams of sporting events at crucial points to put people off using illegal sites.

Sports fans are being warned about streaming ahead of the Europa and Champions League finals.

The City of London Police said illegal streams were more popular during high-profile sporting events and said people found to be sharing paid-for content can expect to be prosecuted and fined.

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Detective Chief Inspector Teresa Russell, head of the Intellectual Property Crime Unit at the force said: “By illegally streaming the match, you never know when the site is likely to be shut down.

“It could be at a crucial point in the match.

“In fact, enforcement agencies and companies will aim to do just that in an attempt to dissuade people from using illegal sites in the future.”

Arsenal and Chelsea will face each other in the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan, tonight. Millions are expected to tune in to live TV coverage.

The Champions League final will see Tottenham play Liverpool on Saturday in Madrid.

Three men who operated a pirate streaming organisation broadcasting Premier League games were recently jailed for a total of 17 years for conspiracy to defraud.

Steven King, the mastermind of the operation, was sentenced to seven years and four months imprisonment, Paul Rolston received six years and four months, and Danilel Malone a sentence of three years and three months.

The three men had provided illegal access to Premier League games to over 1,000 pubs, clubs and homes in England and Wales and earned in excess of £5m in the process.

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