Premier League scrap controversial pay-per-view matches after backlash

The Premier League have decided to scrap the controversial decision to place games on pay-per-view televison.

England’s top-tier has come under intense criticism since it was announced certain games, via Sky Box Office and BT Sport, would cost £14.95 per match.

It has caused a considerable backlash from supporters, who are already facing up to the fact that they can’t attend games in person during the coronavirus crisis.

Many fanbases have opted to donate money to worth causes like food banks, instead of paying for games on top of their, sometimes expensive, subscriptions.

English football has been played behind closed doors since Project Restart was approved in June
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The 20 top-flight clubs held a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday to discuss potential solutions to the idea that has been an unmitigated PR disaster.

And they have decided to scrap the fees until the end of 2020 – and likely for good.

PPV matches for this weekend will still apply, as some subscriptions have already been sold, but they will be abandoned from then onwards.

Reports ahead of the meeting suggested that clubs would be willing to drop the price down to £9.95, in line with the EFL’s iFollow channel.

With the country now entering a new four-week lockdown, teams had come under even more pressure to reassess the situation.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley made his stance known last month, claiming the pricing structure was “not acceptable”.

“I am calling on the Premier League to immediately act and review its current pay-per-view arrangements for live matches in the UK,” he said in a statement on the Newcastle website.

“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 per match until…