Nottingham Forest are supporting the EFL's anti-piracy campaign which launched earlier this week aiming to prevent illegal streaming which takes important revenue from the club on a match-by-match basis.
The EFL has launched the campaign with all 72 member clubs to send a strong message that piracy and illegal streams hurt football clubs.
Most people would never steal from a shop, friends or family but pirates are regularly taking money away from Forest, due to the fact that revenue from streaming goes directly back to the club.
As well as having implications on Forest's finances during a time where COVID-19 restrictions are having a huge impact on revenue streams, illegally streaming football matches can get fans into trouble, with civil and criminal action a real possibility.
Statistics show that over half of sports fans consume sports content from pirate services at least once a month. Over 7,000 illegal EFL streams have been detected so far this season, with an average of 170 people viewing each stream, totalling almost 1.2million people. Supporters in the UK accessing iFollow (or club equivalent) via a VPN are also accessing the stream illegally.
Failure to comply with the terms set out when subscribing to iFollow is a serious breach and allows the EFL to terminate the subscription.
The EFL and Nottingham Forest take piracy incredibly seriously, working with a specialist security agency to proactively seek out illegal streams on all formats and taking action against businesses and individuals.
Supporters are therefore encouraged to report any illegal streams, or pubs that may be showing EFL content unlawfully, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. All emails will be treated confidentially.