By James Sharpe For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 01:03 BST, 18 October 2020 | Updated: 01:13 BST, 18 October 2020
The Premier League are under increasing pressure to abandon their controversial pay-per-view fixtures after large numbers of fans boycotted the first round of games.
Supporters’ groups of Manchester United and Newcastle, who faced each other on Sunday night on Sky Sports Box Office, revealed many of their fans had donated £14.95 to local foodbanks instead of paying that figure to watch their teams on pay-per-view.
Sky Sports, BT Sport and the Premier League have all faced huge criticism following the decision to charge fans £14.95 to watch each game that was not already due to be broadcast, even though supporters could watch the extra matches after the restart last season at no extra cost to their subscriptions.
The Premier League is under more pressure to scrap pay-per-view games after a fan boycott
Manchester United's clash with Newcastle was the second PPV fixture aired on Saturday
‘It is wrong for so many reasons,’ Alex Hurst, chairman of the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust, told Sportsmail. ‘It is far too expensive. The fact it has come from nowhere suggests a total lack of planning from the Premier League, making short-term decisions for short-term gain. There has been no supporter consultation. It just doesn’t sit right.
‘Fans of top-six clubs won’t have to pay as much because they are on television more than other teams. Newcastle were due to be on television around 17 times last season before lockdown. So that would leave 21 games that we have to pay for. Manchester United and Liverpool were on 29 times. How is that fair or