‘This is a really bad move by the Premier League!’ Even Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville is among the furious fans criticising £14.95 per game pay-per-view plans
- Premier League has announced plans to screen games on pay-per-view basis
- Saturday 3pm games in October will be shown live on Sky or BT Box Office
- Each match will cost £14.95 to watch with fans still unable to attend matches
- Sky pundit Gary Neville doesn’t agree with the Premier League’s decision
- He joined hundreds of angry fans who face paying more to watch their team
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has led criticism of the Premier League’s decision to charge fans £14.95 per match to watch extra games.
As revealed by Sportsmail on Friday, a new service is being launched from next weekend that makes games not shown on the normal Sky Sports and BT Sport channels available on pay-per-view.
But fans have reacted furiously at the prospect of being made to pay even more money on top of existing subscriptions to watch their team in action.
Sky Sports pundit has joined angry fans in criticising the Premier League decision to charge fans £14.95 per match for additional televised games from next weekend
Neville posted the tweet despite many of the games being set for Sky’s Box Office channel
Even though Sky will be showing many of these extra games on their Box Office channels, pundit and commentator Neville voiced his criticism on Twitter.
He wrote: ‘This is a really bad move by the @premierleague to charge £14.95 for single matches that have been shown free for 6 months!’
Neville then retweeted a post that pointed out the 20 Premier League clubs spent £1.2billion on transfer during the recently-closed summer window.
In reality, only around 30 of the 92 Premier League matches post lockdown were broadcast free-to-air with Sky showing 25 on their Pick TV channel, four on the BBC and a handful on Amazon Prime.
Sky Sports and BT Sport are poised to announce a pay-per-view service for Premier League matches that are not part of their usual coverage schedules
A number of Premier League games were shown free-to-air in lockdown but the league has grown agitated at giving away its product for free in the UK
Angry fans also rushed onto Twitter to complain about having to pay more money on top of existing Sky and BT Sport subscriptions.
That’s despite the broadcasters not actually receiving any share of profits from showing these additional games with money going to the clubs to help compensate for lost matchday revenue.
Nonetheless, fans described the move as ‘genuinely disgraceful’, ‘disgusting’ and ‘another nail in the coffin’ for the game.
Others calculated the cost of their various TV sport subscriptions at well in excess of £1,000 and that even before these extra games.
Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher (left), Gary Neville (centre) and presenter Kelly Cates at a Premier League match earlier this year
Others said they would be cancelling their Sky and BT subscriptions in protest even though the broadcasters don’t stand to make any money.
One Twitter user said: ‘[That is] irrelevant. Sky and BT are expensive enough. Over 750,000 people have lost their jobs in the UK since the pandemic began and this is what this country does? Price people out of that little bit of enjoyment they get every weekend. It’s disgusting.’
Another wrote: ‘The Premier League and all the broadcasters are a bunch of clowns, as if everyone doesn’t pay enough to watch Sky and BT anyway they now wanna do PPV for certain games.’
Another said: ‘Why are people acting shocked? Sky and BT have been killing football for years. Shocking kick off times, fixture congestion etc. Another nail in the coffin.’
Angry fans rushed onto Twitter to voice their disgust at having to pay more to watch their team