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

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

Wednesday, 29th May 2019, 10:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th May 2019, 11:43 am
A shop sells Liverpool merchandise for the upcoming Champions League final in Liverpool (ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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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A shop sells Liverpool merchandise for the upcoming Champions League final in Liverpool (ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP/Getty Images)

"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, on Wednesday evening.

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