remier League clubs are set to abandon controversial pay-per-view matches.
The move follows a huge backlash against the £14.95 charge and from after the international break matches not selected by Sky Sports or BT Sport are once again set to be shown on free-to-air TV.
Discussions took place at a Premier League shareholders meeting on Thursday and clubs have made a U-turn on PPV matches following fierce criticism by fans.
A formal decision is expected to be made next week.
A statement from the Premier League on Thursday afternoon said: “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.”
This weekend’s matches not selected by Sky or BT – including West Brom vs Tottenham and Arsenal vs Aston Villa – will remain PPV matches.
There has been an outcry from fans over the controversial PPV model since it was introduced for the games which followed the October international break.
The move has been a public relations disaster for the Premier League and put extra financial strains on fans in the midst of a pandemic.
Supporters’ groups have rallied against the charge, with many encouraging fans to donate to charities and food banks instead.
A statement from Football Supporters’ Association read: “Supporters made clear their revulsion at the £15 cost to see their teams on Sky and BT Sport’s pay-per-view platforms last month, an emotion running so deep that fan protests across the country even reached the ears of untouchable Premier League club owners.
“We await to see the detail of what the Premier League and its broadcasters will now offer supporters who remain locked out of grounds for the foreseeable future – they simple must come up with a solution that is affordable for all.”
But the model is set to be scrapped after this weekend’s matches. Any changes will take effect from the round of matches on the weekend starting November 21 and a review of arrangements is set to take place in mid-January.
The model Premier League clubs are thought to be leaning towards is similar to the arrangement which was in place when the 2020-21 season started in September.
All 28 matches in September were shown live, with Sky Sports, BT Sport, the BBC and Amazon Prime screening matches.
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