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Football: Robinson quit over net profit.

Byline: IAIN CAMPBELL

HEARTS chief exec Chris Robinson resigned from the SPL board because he wanted to go public on a row over the Old Firm's internet profits.

Mirror Sport can reveal that the insistence of Rangers and Celtic to control their web contracts is the main factor preventing peace breaking out.

The 10 fear that the big two would scupper any future TV deals because they would already have their own fans captive on the net. Broadband TV on the internet is expanding massively in the USA and is providing the same quality of picture as available on DVD.

Last night an insider said: "Chris thought the wider public should be aware of what the Old Firm were doing but he was voted down.

"He resigned for that reason.

"Media rights are the biggest issue concerning the clubs at the moment and Celtic in particular are refusing to move on their position."

Celtic are ready to challenge the SPL's authority in court because the body neglected to register its rules and regulations with the Office of Fair Trading in London.

The Old Firm have argued the net deal is not a threat to any future TV agreement, but the 10 disagree.

The insider added: "If they get to keep their broadband deal then any future TV contract could be blocked."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2002
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