Premier League: Fans to watch every match for no extra cost until 2021

Premier League: Fans to watch every match for no extra cost until 2021

- Premier League had charged as much as £14.95 (about N7,500) per game across the UK

- The Pay-Per-View idea has been scrapped by the league organisers

- Fans lamented the charges claiming it is not sustainable in the wake of the pandemic

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Premier League will be beamed to followers across UK for free after the organizers received heavy criticisms for showing some matches behind a pay-per-view service.

Fans lamented the idea of the burden of paying as much as £14.95 (about N7,500) per match in the wake of the coronavirus era which has affected their personal incomes.

Latest reports from the UK have it that the controversial idea has been scrapped after it received backlash from fans across the country.

It was gathered that rather than paying for expensive subscriptions, football lovers opted to donate to causes like food banks.

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After a meeting among stakeholders from the participating teams, a decision was reached to put an end to the charges until the end of the year – and possibly for good.

Although Pay-Per-View fixtures for this weekend will still apply as some of the subscriptions have been activated, there won’t be further charges after this.

Premier League: UK fans to watch every match for no extra cost until 2021
Premier League viewers to watch matches for free until 2021. Photo: Michael Regan
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The initial decision was condemned by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley when he stated that the pricing structure was not acceptable.

He said in a statement on the Newcastle website as cited in Daily Star:

"I am calling on the Premier League to immediately act and review its current pay-per-view arrangements for live matches in the UK.
"Charging £14.95 for single televised matches in the current climate is not acceptable to any football fan.
"Supporters have overwhelmingly rejected this offer and the Premier League must now act.
"Why not make it much more accessible at £4.95 (about N2,500) per match until Christmas?”

This scrapping of the PPV will come as a welcome development for football lovers.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Premier League action will continue despite the entire UK going into a fresh one month lockdown which will be imposed from the early hours of November 5, lasting until December 2.

There is continued rise in coronavirus cases in the country and the government is taking fresh measures to curb the spread.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made fresh announcements as regards the set of guidelines similar to the one that was adopted when the country went into lockdown earlier in the year.

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