The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust has slammed the decision to charge fans £14.95 to watch Premier League matches on pay-per-view as ‘completely unacceptable’.
The league announced today (Friday) that those matches not selected for television would still be available to watch, but via the Sky Sports or BT Sport Box Office channels.
The statement from the Premier League said: “All fixtures until the end of October will continue to be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.
“Under these new arrangements, the current live match selections will remain in place and will be broadcast as normal. In addition, the five matches per round not already selected will be made available to supporters on a pay-per-view basis, accessed via BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office platforms.
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“Clubs today agreed this interim solution to enable all fans to continue to watch their teams live. The Premier League has worked closely with Sky Sports and BT Sport to provide this arrangement and is grateful for their support.
“The agreement will be regularly reviewed in consultation with clubs and in line with any decisions made by Government regarding the return of spectators to stadiums.
“Football is not the same without supporters at matches. The Premier League and our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible.”
With no fans still allowed inside stadiums, two Blues matches for October, against Southampton and Burnley, will have to be bought by supporters on BT Sport Box Office, costing £14.95 per game.
It is something which has not gone well with fans, and the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust have expressed their displeasure over the move.
“We have contacted the club to voice our discontent with this…