MP backs call for coverage of Premier League games
Ian Mearns MP, the chair of the influential All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters has today written to the Premier League and asked them to reconsider their decision to restrict the broadcasting of games in the 2020/21 season.
Mearns, a Premier League fan himself at Newcastle, has said he is extremely disappointed that there will be no streams or options available for those games not selected for television coverage.
There will be no supporters inside stadiums during September and from October it will be reduced numbers, even as low as 17% at some ground meaning a lot of supporters will miss out on seeing their team play on a number of occasions, more so for the smaller clubs who receive far less television coverage.
Mearns has urged the league to listen to its supporters and to come back with new proposals which will provide regular match going supporters with ways of watching their team play.
Earlier today, the Football League confirmed that supporters in their three divisions would be able to see all games home and away. Home games will be free while away games will generally be at a charge of £10 per game other than midweek away games in the Championship.
Their CEO, a familiar name with Burnley fans, Dave Baldwin said: “There is no argument that attending live matches is what the league, its clubs and fans want to see and, clearly, the overriding objective is to get supporters back into stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, this framework allows our clubs, if they so wish, to reward their most loyal supporters by providing what we hope is only short term access to watch their matches.
“It’s important that whilst the doors remain fully, or part shut, we ensure there is the ability for fans of all EFL clubs to be able to gain access and watch their team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sky Sports for their support in this matter. Collectively, it’s not our preferred situation but given the circumstances COVID has presented us it gives us a temporary option whilst we finalise our plans for fans returning.”