threatened legal action from the English Premier League the Soccerlinks
WebMail service, which provided fans with free email addresses for their
favourite football clubs has been withdrawn.
The Premier League state that "The service is clearly directed at
supporters of the Clubs concerned and seeks to capitalise upon their
loyalty...... as such this causes damage to the Premier League and its
I find the accusation that I am capitalising upon the loyalty of football
fans with this FREE service a little ironic coming from the likes of the
Premier League who have been fleecing supporters for years now.
Webmasters are receiving demands for over £18,000 from the Premier League
to allow them to publicise fixtures on their websites and unofficial sites
are being threatened with prosecution unless they remover fixtures,
pictures and logos. It's very clear that the top level of the English game
has turned into a Corporate gravy train with matches merely sideshows and
is about as far removed from ordinary fans as it's possible to get. I
thank the teams of lawyers who scour the internet for 'infringements' and
discovered this little piece of cyber-space for reminding me of that fact.
Many apologies to those that have been using the free WebMail service and
to those who will now never get the chance to try it.
Yours in sport
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