Leeds United fans have had to suffer through the international break with the 4-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace haunting them.
To rub salt in the wounds, Leeds fans had to pay £14.95 for the privilege of watching the game – on top of any existing subscriptions to Sky Sports or BT Sport.
Many fans boycotted the PPV and donated to charity instead. Diehard fans donated to charity and ordered the game as well.
Thankfully, Leeds fans got some fantastic news on Friday as it was confirmed that the controversial PPV model has been scrapped.
It means that all the remaining games in November and December not picked up by Sky or BT, will be shown on existing broadcasting services, including the BBC and Amazon Prime.
The Premier League has scrapped its controversial pay-per-view method. 🚫
The remaining games in November and over the Christmas and New Year period will be shown on existing broadcast services… including the BBC ✅🎉
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 13, 2020
Fair play to the Premier League for making this right. The Premier League clubs voted 19-1 for the PPVs to be scrapped and we’d love to know which greedy club voted against it.
Some people had suggested a £5 or £7.50 price point would have worked but we think fans already pay enough to watch their club.
Some season ticket holders have already shelled out their money for the 20/21 season and haven’t got anything back in return.
With a second lockdown in place across England and many fans suffering financial hardship, we think making the games free to watch with existing subscriptions, and some free-to-air is exactly the right thing to do.
It means that Leeds United fans can watch every game between now and Christmas, with the next two against Arsenal and Everton being shown on Sky Sports.
We’d like to see the same rules in place until fans are allowed back into Elland Road.
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