England’s Premier League has terminated a major contract with Chinese streaming service PPTV, meaning the digital broadcaster will no longer be able to show live top-flight soccer matches.
China was the English top flight's most lucrative overseas television rights territory, with a three-season deal agreed in 2019.
It is understood the reasons for the termination are financial rather than political.
In a statement on Thursday, the Premier League said: "The Premier League confirms that it has today terminated its agreements for Premier League coverage in China with its licensee in that territory.
"The Premier League will not be commenting further on the matter at this stage."
PPTV is owned by Suning Holdings, the Chinese group which also has a controlling stake in Serie A side Inter Milan.