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Premier League signs new Chinese TV deal with Tencent

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The Premier League has found a new broadcasting partner in China, signing a deal with Tencent for the remainder of this season after cutting ties with PPTV earlier this month.

The league terminated its contract with PPTV, owned by Suning Holdings, after the withholding of a payment due under the terms of the deal in March.

The three-year deal with PPTV was announced last summer but the disagreement led to the cancellation of the league’s most lucrative overseas TV contract worth £564m, which had two years left to run. 

The Premier League has a new Chinese broadcasting partner, signing a deal with Tencent

The Premier League has a new Chinese broadcasting partner, signing a deal with Tencent

The Premier League has a new Chinese broadcasting partner, signing a deal with Tencent

It is claimed the deal with Tencent is worth less than the fee PPTV was due to pay this season

It is claimed the deal with Tencent is worth less than the fee PPTV was due to pay this season

It is claimed the deal with Tencent is worth less than the fee PPTV was due to pay this season

After the opening round of fixtures were not broadcast in China, viewers will now have access to all the remaining 372 matches from this weekend.

The Premier League said Tencent would make more than half of the matches available free to air, with the remainder accessible via a subscription.

Clubs will also be able to share short in-play clips to engage with supporters in China, the first such deal the Premier League has done anywhere in the world.

The chairman of the European Club Association Andrea Agnelli said last week that the Premier League faces a rebate to broadcasters of £330m for the disruption to the 2019-20 season caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and its deal with PPTV was reported to be worth £564m over three seasons. 

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: ‘We are excited to have agreed this partnership with Tencent ensuring our supporters in China can enjoy following Premier League action throughout this season.

‘We and our clubs have an extremely passionate fanbase in China and are looking forward to working with the team at Tencent to engage with fans in new ways over the coming season.’  

Chinese viewers will now have access to all the remaining 372 matches from this weekend

Chinese viewers will now have access to all the remaining 372 matches from this weekend

Chinese viewers will now have access to all the remaining 372 matches from this weekend

The Premier League last month pulled its hugely lucrative TV deal with PPTV, owned by Suning

The Premier League last month pulled its hugely lucrative TV deal with PPTV, owned by Suning

The Premier League last month pulled its hugely lucrative TV deal with PPTV, owned by Suning

It is believed the league will now focus on putting in place a longer-term deal, to cover the 2021-22 season and beyond.

As part of the deal, the Premier League also retains the right to sell a small number of matches to other free-to-air broadcasters in China.

According to the Financial Times, the deal with Tencent is worth less than the fee PPTV was due to pay this season

But top-flight teams have reportedly been told by Masters they will not lose money after funds were boosted by PPTV paying half of their contract before it was terminated.

It is claimed Tencent has 114million video subscribers. They also already have a deal in place with the NBA.   

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Lyon chief warns Arsenal they are ‘way too far away’ from valuation of Houssem Aouar

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Arsenal have been warned they will have to substantially increase their £30m offer for Lyon midfield maestro Houssem Aouar.

Aouar is valued at £54m and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said: ‘There will be very few departures, Arsenal are way too far away from his value.

‘Ware counting on him to have a great match against Lorient and to lead Lyon into the Champions League next year.’

Arsenal have seen an initial bid for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar rejected

Arsenal have seen an initial bid for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar rejected

Arsenal have seen an initial bid for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar rejected 

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas believes Arsenal don't have the funds required to sign Aouar

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas believes Arsenal don't have the funds required to sign Aouar

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas believes Arsenal don’t have the funds required to sign Aouar

And football.london are reporting that the Gunners will now significantly increase their offer for the player after seeing their initial bid rejected last week.

Aouar, a France Under 21 international, has spent his entire career to date at Lyon, making over 130 appearances for the club.

Arsenal have improved immensely under Arteta but they are certainly in need of a player who can create chances with regularity, especially with Mesut Ozil having been frozen out.

Arsenal have rebuffed approaches from Atletico Madrid and Torino to take Lucas Torreira on loan. Arsenal want to sell the midfielder and retain an interest in Atletico’s Thomas Partey.

Mikel Arteta is desperate to bring in a midfielder before the window closes on October 5

Mikel Arteta is desperate to bring in a midfielder before the window closes on October 5

Mikel Arteta is desperate to bring in a midfielder before the window closes on October 5

The French club are demanding a fee of £54million for the hugely talented 22-year-old

The French club are demanding a fee of £54million for the hugely talented 22-year-old

The French club are demanding a fee of £54million for the hugely talented 22-year-old

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Charlie Edwards beats Kyle Williams 99-91 over ten rounds as he starts new life as a bantamweight 

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Britain’s former world flyweight champion Charlie Edwards fled what he described as the ‘self-crucifying hell’ of his battle with the scales to start a new boxing life on Saturday night.

Edwards came dancing into Bethnal Green’s iconic York Hall as a rebooted bantamweight.

He defeated a willing Kyle Williams by a wide margin but it was not all sweetness and light for the baby-faced Edwards.

Charlie Edwards beat Kyle Williams 99-91 over ten rounds at Bethnal Green's York Hall

Charlie Edwards beat Kyle Williams 99-91 over ten rounds at Bethnal Green's York Hall

Charlie Edwards beat Kyle Williams 99-91 over ten rounds at Bethnal Green’s York Hall

The speed was just as lightning despite him being two divisions heavier.

But the question of whether he has brought strength and power up with him remains to be answered if he is to realise his ambition of becoming a two-weight world champion next year.

Not only did his flurries of punches fail to have any significant impact on the gallant Williams but he was staggered three or four times by his limited opponent.

Edwards, a former world flyweight champion, has commenced a career as a bantamweight

Edwards, a former world flyweight champion, has commenced a career as a bantamweight

Edwards, a former world flyweight champion, has commenced a career as a bantamweight

There was no arguing with referee Bob Williams as he declared Edwards a 99-91 winner over ten rounds.

That score was earned largely by his jab. But physically Edwards still has some growing to do if he is not to be picked off by world class bantamweights who have little to fear from his punches.

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West Brom 3-3 Chelsea PLAYER RATINGS: Thiago Silva will have better days after schoolboy error

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Chelsea mounted a superb second-half comeback to force a share of the spoils with West Brom despite trailing by three goals at the break.

Callum Robinson struck twice to stun the new-look visitors, and Kyle Bartley finished with aplomb at the far post to plunge Chelsea ever closer to a shock defeat at the Hawthorns.

But it was Frank Lampard‘s homegrown heroes who helped the Blues emerge with a hard-fought point, with Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham all on target. 

NICK CALLOW has given his verdict on each player’s performance from the thriller in the Midlands.

Tammy Abraham netted a late equaliser as Chelsea fought back to take a point at West Brom

Tammy Abraham netted a late equaliser as Chelsea fought back to take a point at West Brom

Tammy Abraham netted a late equaliser as Chelsea fought back to take a point at West Brom

Callum Robinson's brace saw the hosts take a shock three-goal lead into the half-time break

Callum Robinson's brace saw the hosts take a shock three-goal lead into the half-time break

Callum Robinson’s brace saw the hosts take a shock three-goal lead into the half-time break

West Brom (5-4-1)

Sam Johnstone – 6

Safe handling whenever called upon and that helped raise confidence levels in face of near-constant Chelsea possession. Couple of good saves from Havertz.

Darnell Furlong – 7

The son of former Chelsea striker Paul was dangerous going forward and delivered a great headed flick to assist Bartley’s goal.

Semi Ajayi – 7

So solid in defence and his burst of pace past Alonso drew a booking for the Chelsea defender, who did not make it past half-time before being subbed.

Kyle Bartley – 7

Reliable at the back, the former Arsenal and Swansea defender took his goal like a seasoned striker.

Defender Kyle Bartley took his goal - West Brom's third of the evening - like a seasoned striker

Defender Kyle Bartley took his goal - West Brom's third of the evening - like a seasoned striker

Defender Kyle Bartley took his goal – West Brom’s third of the evening – like a seasoned striker

Dara O’Shea – 6

The aspiring Republic of Ireland international does not look out of place at this level and hardly put a foot wrong.

Conor Townsend – 5

Beaten too many times on his side of defence as he wasted a chance to impress as a replacement for suspended left back Kieran Gibbs.

Matheus Pereira – 6

Busy and involved from the start, helping to set the tone and settle his team-mates. A great asset going forward.

Jake Livermore – 7

The Albion captain showed his Premier League experience with a sure-footed display and why he helped steer the club to promotion last season

Romaine Sawyers – 7

Not remotely intimidated by Havertz and co. with arguably the most important midfield display of the night.

Romaine Sawyers was not intimated by Chelsea's star-studded attack in a superb showing

Romaine Sawyers was not intimated by Chelsea's star-studded attack in a superb showing

Romaine Sawyers was not intimated by Chelsea’s star-studded attack in a superb showing

Grady Diangana – 6

Looked lively and nearly got West Brom’s fourth only for his finishing to let him down.

Callum Robinson – 8 

A brilliantly taken first goal was only his second in the Premier League. Scored his second on the night with equal assurance. Ability to score many more.

Robinson had netted twice and proved he possesses the ability to score more in the top flight

Robinson had netted twice and proved he possesses the ability to score more in the top flight

Robinson had netted twice and proved he possesses the ability to score more in the top flight

Subs: Robson-Kanu (replaced Robinson after 66 minutes) 6

Phillips (replaced Diangana 74 mins)

Field (replaced Pereira 90 mins)

Subs not used: Button, Harper, Edwards, Kipre

Chelsea (4-2-3-1)

Willy Caballero – 5

Not much he could do about any of West Brom’s three first half goals, but did not do enough to suggest he will be the long-term replacement to Kepa.

Reece James – 5

A game to forget at right back. Better in attack than defence. Beaten by Robinson through his legs for opening goal and played Bartley onside, but recovered to deliver some dangerous crosses.

Andreas Christensen – 6

One of the better Chelsea defenders in that he did not commit any obvious howlers.

Thiago Silva – 5

Schoolboy error to gift Robinson West Brom’s second after initially looking solid as captain on his Premier League debut. Will have better days.

Thiago Silva was guilty of committing a schoolboy error and will certainly have better days

Thiago Silva was guilty of committing a schoolboy error and will certainly have better days

Thiago Silva was guilty of committing a schoolboy error and will certainly have better days

Marcos Alonso – 4

Sloppy header to concede possession for West Brom’s early goal, booked after beaten for pace by Ajayi. Replaced at half-time.

N’Golo Kante – 6 

Tireless running from the French international midfielder and still reads the game better than most.

Mateo Kovacic – 5

Did his best to keep things ticking in midfield and justify selection ahead of Jorginho, but did not do enough to stop Lampard taking him off after 45 minutes. Replacement Hudson Odoi an upgrade.

Mason Mount – 7

One of the few Chelsea players to emerge with credit. A strong first half followed up by a brilliant strike to get his side back into the match.

Mason Mount is one of the few Chelsea players to emerge with credit and netted from distance

Mason Mount is one of the few Chelsea players to emerge with credit and netted from distance

Mason Mount is one of the few Chelsea players to emerge with credit and netted from distance

Kai Havertz – 6

Another position for Chelsea’s record signing to try and one of some promise, but little end product.

Timo Werner – 6

Will not come much closer to his first Premier League strike than his first half volley against the bar. Instrumental in Chelsea’s second, but needs a goal.

Timo Werner clattered a first half volley against the woodwork and needs his first Chelsea goal

Timo Werner clattered a first half volley against the woodwork and needs his first Chelsea goal

Timo Werner clattered a first half volley against the woodwork and needs his first Chelsea goal

Tammy Abraham – 5

Wasted great chances to justify his first Premier League start of the season before his tap in for the dramatic late equaliser.

Subs

Hudson-Odoi (replaced Kovacic 45 mins) 6

Azpilicueta (replaced Alonso 45 mins) 6

Giroud (replaced Silva 73 mins)

Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Barkley, Tomori

Referee: Jon Moss 6

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