The Premier League announced on Thursday it was pulling the plug on a lucrative television rights contract with Chinese broadcaster PPTV after a dispute over a missed payment .
PPTV agreed a reported $ 700 million (£ 523 million ) deal for the right to broadcast all 380 Premier League matches per season from 2019 to 2022 .
However , the first season of that deal was hit by the coronavirus pandemic with a three – month shutdown between March and June before the season was completed behind closed doors .
PPTV reportedly failed to make a £ 160 million payment due in March for coverage of the 2019 / 20 season .
In December, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV pulled a game between Arsenal and Manchester City from its programme after Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil expressed support for mainly Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang.