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‘We’ll sue you like you wouldn’t believe it’: Ben Foster reveals Premier League threatened him with legal action if he used GoPro to film himself during games for his YouTube channel, violating broadcast deals
- Ben Foster became an innovator when he started using his GoPro during games
- Foster’s idea was to give fans access to images of the pitch during the pandemic
- The EFL and Sky supported Foster’s idea and allowed him to use footage
- Premier League banned Foster from using GoPro and threatened to sue
Ben Foster has revealed that the Premier League threatened to sue him if he went ahead with plans to put his GoPro in his net.
Foster launched a YouTube channel titled ‘Cycling UK’ where he gave behind-the-scenes access to football matches without supporters during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For example, the former Manchester United goalkeeper placed the Go Pro in his net to capture images on the pitch, which he included in his regular vlogs, to give football fans a very different experience.
Ben Foster went from goalkeeper to innovator when he placed a GoPro in his net during matches
On one occasion, Swansea star Jamal Lowe scored past Foster before partying for the GoPro.
Instead of removing the footage, Foster used it to his advantage and added it to his next video.
Foster revealed that he took it upon himself to implement the new innovation and was denied permission to do so.
While the EFL was happy for him to continue his venture, the Prime Minister was not so understanding after Watford was promoted to the top flight in 2021.
Foster is a regular on YouTube with his ‘Cycling GK’ channel adding a range of content for fans
Foster vlogged for Watford’s Liverpool game and created content for his 1.15 million subscribers
“I came up with the idea of putting the GoPro in the back of the goal,” the shot-stopper told talkSPORT.
“No one had seen it from that angle before. I finally did [get it cleared]. I didn’t ask, I did and put the contents out.
‘I kept it under a towel. In the beginning I didn’t tell anyone. I put it in the back of the target, it’s on a small tripod.
“And then just to hear football players talk and converse — and how I’d tell my right-back or left-back to come in, all those things that people were just fascinated with.
“I brought it out and then the slap on the wrist came and they said, ‘You can’t just do that, you have to at least ask’.
“It was Sky and the EFL I had to deal with and they were brilliant and let me keep going.”
Much to the dismay of Foster and that of his staunch YouTube following, the former England international was later subpoenaed by Premier League leaders and ordered to act.
Foster was warned by the Premier League that he would face charges if he continued to use his GoPro
“As soon as the season was over, I had to have a Zoom conversation with the Premier League and all those other big dogs. Actually, it was ‘Don’t even dream of doing that in the Premier League’.
“We have to charge Amazon, BT, Sky Sports, all these guys, so much money to broadcast our content. It’s impossible for you to do it. We’ll charge you as if you didn’t believe it.’
Last October, Watford’s chairman revealed that Foster had been fined for breaking a promise by filming at the club, despite being told to stop.
Duxbury said: ‘We want a culture of excellence at Watford,’ he told Watford. Those videos weren’t. I wanted to say publicly at the time that the videos were totally wrong and that we had fined the player and asked him to stop, but I just couldn’t help it.”
Foster is currently a free agent and with free time to spare as the search for a new club continues, he continues to grow his YouTube audience with 1.15 million subscribers tuning in to watch his content.