Premier League clubs are expected to decide on Tuesday whether or not they want to stick to their controversial pay-per-view arrangements for the round of games leading up to the November international break.
Fifteen matches played after this month’s internationals were not selected for regular TV broadcast and had to be purchased a la carte through Sky Sports or BT Sport ticketing services at £ 14.95 each.
Fan groups including the Football Supporters’ Association have urged the league and broadcaster to reconsider the prices.
Many supporters have chosen to donate money to food banks and other charities instead of paying the fees.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said earlier this month the price was ‘defensible’, while BT Sport said it was simply covering its costs of showing those games.
But top clubs will be under pressure to review pricing, with a decision due on Tuesday on broadcast arrangements to be put in place for matches played between November 6 and 8.
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Premier League clubs had hoped to welcome some supporters back to stadiums from October 1, but the government has imposed an indefinite delay on those plans due to the increase in coronavirus cases across the country.
The league warned that English football would lose £ 100million for every month that supporters remained excluded from the pitch, with the EFL saying on Sunday that the government’s stance was ‘frustrating and confusing’, with indoor venues such as centers shopping centers and cinemas open to the public.