Main stream: AFTV founder Robbie Lyle on taking football fan channels overground

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By Frank Dalleres Robbie Lyle, the avuncular face and founder of Arsenal fan media platform AFTV, was walking through New York City when he truly realised what a phenomenon he had created. On his stroll Lyle came across activists marching on Times Square in protest at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, each with their mouth taped up in a symbol of repression. “Two people carrying placards stopped, ripped the tape off their mouths and went ‘Robbie! AFTV! Can I get a picture?” he tells City A.M. with an incredulous chuckle. Lyle is a distinctive figure but the incident says more about the extraor…

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