Gary Neville has hit out at the Premier League for their move to charge fans £14.95 to watch individual games in October.
The former Manchester United defender and pundit responded after the announcement of the “interim solution” to make all games in October available to watch live on television in the UK – with Neville’s employer Sky Sports providing a Box Office platform along with BT Sport.
The charge will be on top of existing subscriptions to television channels, with the profits from the move to go directly to the clubs, who combined to spend £1.2 billion during the latest transfer window.
Neville wrote: “This is a really bad move by the Premier League to charge £14.95 for single matches that have been shown free for 6 months!”
It follow an official statement, which read: “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.”
Fans who already have season tickets or memberships will also not be given codes to watch the games for free.
Pay-per-view games 17-19 October
Chelsea vs Southampton
Leicester vs Aston Villa
Newcastle vs Man United
Sheffield United vs Fulham
West Brom vs Burnley
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