After being the last Premier League side to play on Monday night, Leeds United get to go first on Friday night when they travel to Aston Villa.
We love a bit of Friday Night Football but Sky Sports aren’t showing the game.
Instead, it’s one of the games selected for pay-per-view, with Leeds fans expected to shell out £14.95 for the privilege of watching the match.
That’s on top of subscriptions for Sky and BT Sport.
The controversial PPV scheme has been met with huge protests from fans.
And Gary Lineker did what he could while announcing the upcoming game live on BT Sport.
As picked up by a Leeds fan, Lineker said, “Premier League action on BT Sport this weekend begins with Aston Villa against Leeds on Friday at 7.45 on Box Office, this game is [audible cough and speeded up talking] £14.95 and is available on BT TV, Sky and Virgin platforms, plus online and mobile.”
— Yosh Cawthorne (@cawthornejosh) October 21, 2020
We think that charging fans who can’t get into games at the moment £14.95, on top of a monthly sports subscription, is disgusting.
Any money over and above what the broadcasters spend to put the games on is given to the clubs, but it’s fans who are hurt.
And it looks like it’s going to be a washout thanks to fan power.
LUFC Trust – which Leeds fan Yosh Cawthorne is a digital board member of – has set up a charity initiative to get fans to spend the £14.95 on Leeds foodbanks instead.
That follows a similar initiative which saw Newcastle fans raise £16,000.
And here’s the link https://t.co/UeGntCovKX
— LUFC Trust (@lufctrust) October 18, 2020
Leeds fans have already raised an incredible £42,256 ahead of the game, which will go to help the poorest families in the city.
You can donate by clicking this link.
The game will be covered for free on BBC Radio Leeds, with Adam Pope and Noel Whelan giving it their all on commentary.
And we think Gary Lineker is a hero for adding his weight behind the protest. That’s about as much as he can do given his lucrative contract with BT Sport, but it shows he’s on the right side of things, as usual.
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