Premier League TV row grows
The chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters plans to write to the Premier League over its decision to block supporters watching 160 games on television next season.
Ian Mearns told The Daily Telegraph he intended to contact the world’s richest league after it confirmed that more than 40 per cent of matches would not be shown live in the UK, despite the ban on spectators attending games.
Mearns, the Labour MP for Gateshead and a Newcastle United season-ticket holder, backed calls – including from his own party – for the Premier League to reverse its decision and allow match-going fans to watch their own clubs play live on television.
“I am intending to write to the Premier League,” he said. “I would be flabbergasted if the Premier League was to say to individual clubs, ‘I’m afraid to say that you can’t stream these games to your individual season-ticket holders’. It’s another revenue source.”
The Premier League has repeatedly refused to comment on its decision, but a source at one of its broadcast partners said that showing more matches live could force it to compensate those partners.
The Telegraph revealed last week that the League was facing a revolt from supporters’ groups, which were planning to step up their opposition in the coming days.
They will argue that match-going fans should be allowed to stream their own clubs’ games until stadiums are back to full capacity. Mearns said: “We’re talking about extraordinary circumstances.”