Premier League backs pay-per-view plans, says CEO Masters

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The Premier League will soon drop its controversial pay-per-view program, chief executive Richard Masters confirmed on Tuesday before a government committee.

Fans, who are currently barred from entering stadiums due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have been asked to pay 14.95 pounds ($ 19.80) to watch matches not already selected for broadcast by the Premier League rights holders Sky Sports and BT Sport.

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This sparked a backlash from fans who already have to pay for subscriptions for sports channels, and Masters said the Premier League would change direction.

“We had to find a different business solution,” Masters told MPs. “We made the decision to switch to pay-per-view, now we are reviewing that decision.

“We have listened to the comments and we are going to change direction and move away from it and take another step that will get us through the lockdown, Christmas time and into January, but I can't say what it is. . "

The Football Supporters' Association had urged the Premier League to reconsider the prices and some fans chose to donate to charity as part of a protest against the program.

Masters also said he does not expect the reintroduction of five substitutes in the "foreseeable future".

Clubs were allowed to increase the number of substitutes to five per game in the 2019-20 campaign when the league restarted in June, after a three-month hiatus due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The teams have gone back to three substitutes this season, but Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola have both said the move was partly responsible for a wave of top-flight muscle injuries.

"We've had two votes on this at club level and both have relatively supported three subs," said Masters.

“This has created some frustration, alongside the discussions on the meeting schedule, which is linked to the pandemic.

“There is a real problem and I don't see it changing in the foreseeable future. "

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