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Premier League under more pressure to scrap pay-per-view fixtures after fan boycott

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The Premier League are under increasing pressure to abandon their controversial pay-per-view fixtures after large numbers of fans boycotted the first round of games.

'Fans of top-six clubs won't have to pay as much because they are on television more than other teams.

They said: 'Sky Sports and BT Sport must end their collusion with Premier League clubs to rip off fans by charging £15 to view games during a pandemic.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said the pricing was 'defensible' for a 'premium product' but insisted that it was the broadcasters who set the £14.95 price, though it is understood the league told Sky and BT what they wanted their cut to be and the broadcasters added in their own costs to produce the games.

Sky and BT fear they could even make a loss on the pay-per-view matches while it is believed the Premier League hope to raise about £40m from the venture.

It is also understood that, due to the uproar between the 'Big Six' and the rest of the Premier League over Project Big Picture at the stakeholders meeting last week, they did not get round to agreeing how the pay-per-view revenue would be split between the clubs.

Liverpool will appear on pay-per-view next weekend and their supporters' group Spirit of Shankly said they will continue to pressure the league and broadcasters to remove the 'outrageous' charge.

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