Gary Neville has hit out at the Premier League following the announcement that supporters will have to pay up to an extra £14.95 to watch certain matches on Sky or BT Sport for the remainder of the season.
The interim measure was confirmed on Friday after a clubs meeting, and means the non-televised games will be available via the BT Sport Box Office or Sky Sports Box Office platforms, for a reported price of almost £15 a game.
A solution for screening the matches had to be worked on after the planned return of spectators from October 1 was scrapped by the Government due to a rise in coronavirus cases.
But Neville, who himself is a pundit and co-commentator for Sky Sports, appears far from impressed with the idea.
He tweeted on Friday afternoon: “This is a really bad move by the @premierleague to charge £14.95 for single matches that have been shown free for 6 months !”
He also retweeted a post by SPORTbible which read: “It comes just a week after Premier League clubs spent £1.2 billion on transfers.”
A statement from the Premier League said: “The Premier League today confirmed all fixtures until the end of October will continue to be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.
“Under these new arrangements, the current live match selections will remain in place and will be broadcast as normal.
“In addition, the five matches per round not already selected will be made available to supporters on a pay-per-view basis, accessed via BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office platforms.
“Clubs today agreed this interim solution to enable all fans to continue to watch their teams live.
“The Premier League has worked closely with Sky Sports and BT Sport to provide this arrangement and is grateful for their support. The agreement will be regularly reviewed in consultation with clubs and in line with any decisions made by Government regarding the return of spectators to stadiums.
“Football is not the same without supporters at matches. The Premier League and our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible.”
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