A few years ago the creator of Roja Directa, a popular illegal streaming site, was sentenced by Spanish courts to two years in prison and a fine of 500,000 euros for making payments to La Liga and Mediapro.
The red card branding Pierluigi Colina in the left corner of the screen is a memory that marked many football fans. Over the years, a picture representing an Italian referee has been associated with Rosa Directa, a piracy site that recently offered several links to follow live and free sports matches broadcast on pay channels.
The original Rosa Directa disappeared in 2018 but many sites have taken the name and design of the time to install new platforms. The original creator, Miguel TG, was prosecuted by the Spanish courts for his activities. He agreed to a prison sentence of two years and a compensation of 500,000 euros to La Liga and Mediapro, the broadcasters of the Spanish championship.
Miguel Tjie won’t actually go to jail
However, Miguel TG will not go behind bars: the prison sentence has been suspended in view of the agreement reached between the parties. Initially, prosecutors also claimed six years in prison for the site’s creator, who made profits for advertisements on Rosa Directa and four other similar sites.
The creator of the site is also banned from working in the website or IT for the next two years. Once the benchmark for illegal streaming sites, Rosa Directa eventually became only a memory in the minds of football watchers on the Internet in the 2000s and 2010s.