AN Irish pub in Glasgow has been slapped with a £10,000 fine for illegally screening Sky Sports in the venue.

Another bar in Cambuslang has also been ordered to pay the hefty amount in damages.

James Barnes Bar and Jagtar Singh Nijar, of O’Kanes in Parkhead, and Claire Gorman, of Cheers bar on Cambuslang’s Main Street, were found to have infringed Sky’s copyright.

Both boozers must also pay Sky’s costs and fund the placement of notices advertising the rulings in local press, including the Evening Times.

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Cheers bar on Cambuslang’s Main Street has also been fined £10K

The successful cases came from Sky’s instruction to intellectual property experts from Burness Paull LLP and formed a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions.

SPFL and Premier League matches are broadcast live exclusively on Sky Sports and BT Sport in Scotland.

Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in Scotland via a commercial agreement from Sky.

A third Scots bar in Edinburgh, Linelly Limited and Linda Davidson of Fox’s, were also hit with the fine.

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George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky, described how the rulings demonstrate “the seriousness of this issue,” and added: “Through the orders to fund advertising, we hope to highlight the consequences of televising Sky’s content illegally.”

In a warning to other pubs, he continued: “We are committed to visiting thousands of pubs every season to monitor the games they are showing, as well as investigating suppliers to protect Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity.”

In June last year, the Evening Times reported how The Woodside bar in Coatbridge came under fire from Sky and was fined after screening programming illegally.