Inside latest Premier League meeting – PPV U-turn, next steps and £50m EFL offer


Premier League clubs have been forced to abandon pay-per-view matches by fan power.

The 20 clubs agreed in principle to scrap the £14.95 charge after the international break because it caused such a public backlash.

Supporters – led by fan groups from Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle among many others – staged a mass boycott and urged viewers to instead donate money to charity.

They will vote and ratify the decision next week after this weekend’s final pay-per-view games which include Tottenham ’s trip to West Brom and Arsenal’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday night.

There is an acceptance that it was a major own goal and they were charging too much money.

Yet Mirror Sport understands it may yet be revisited next year after the lockdown is lifted because some games did attract good audience figures.



Premier League chief Richard Masters had previously defended the £14.95 price point

The U-turn was met with delight on social media as even Sky pundit Gary Neville posted an axe to toast the decision while the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust called it “good news.”

Premier League bosses issued a statement which confirmed: “Shareholders also discussed the broadcast options of non-UK live matches from round nine onwards following the international break later this month. 

“Discussions with all stakeholders are ongoing and a broadcast solution will be announced in due course.”

It is also a sigh of relief for broadcasters Sky and BT Sport who were caught in the middle while clubs were annoyed that the message was landed badly when they were trying to offer extra games which fans did not have to buy.

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The Government want clubs to show more games within existing subscriptions as they did in the previous lockdown under Project Restart.

Meanwhile, the Premier League also reiterated that their £50m cash bail out offer for the EFL remains on the table as Mirror Sport revealed earlier this week they had made an improvement to also take in the Championship clubs.

It is understood that the EFL discussed the new terms on Thursday but will consider it further next week with no final decision taken. 

They will meet again next Thursday while Premier League chief Richard Masters and EFL chairman Rick Parry will face MPs on Tuesday after being asked to explain why no agreement has been reached.

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