The Chinese government decided to cancel the transmission, at the national level, of the last day of the Premier League, after Boris Johnson vetoed the introduction of Huawei’s 5G technology in the United Kingdom, according to the portal “Palco23”.
The escalation of political tension between China and the United Kingdom came to football, as “CCTV”, the Chinese public television channel, decided to suspend the broadcast of the last day of the Premier League. The last game between Liverpool and Chelsea was no longer broadcast and the future of the competition for 2020/21 is unknown, according to “Bloomberg”.
The move emerges as a response to Boris Johnson’s veto on Huawei’s 5G technology in the UK, to which the British Prime Minister’s comments on the new Hong Kong law are added, strongly opposing it. In response, the Chinese government has suspended the issuance of the Premier League, among other socio-economic measures.
It is not the first time that the Chinese government has adopted similar measures, since in September 2019, just before the start of the regular NBA season, the Houston Rockets’ executive president expressed solidarity with the Hong Kong protests through his personal account on Twitter, opening a diplomatic conflict between the league, the United States and China, which culminated in a ban on broadcasting NBA games on Chinese territory.
In addition, China canceled pre-season meetings with teams that were already on Chinese soil and banned the sale of official products on e-commerce platforms, which had an impact of more than US $ 500 million (432 million) euros) for the NBA. Chinese public television has exclusive rights to all international competitions broadcast on the country.