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Fans call on Government to solve Premier League broadcast deadlock

Football supporters have launched a new campaign #LetUsWatch which calls on ministers to intervene and ensure match-going fans can watch their teams this season.

Almost half of the Premier League’s 2020/21 fixtures will not be broadcast live to UK audiences during 2020/21 despite games only taking place behind-closed-doors until October. From September crowds will be admitted but in hugely reduced capacities because of public health measures.

The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) said it means hundreds of thousands of season ticket holders and regular match-goers will have no legal means to watch their team.

Kevin Miles, chief executive of the FSA, said: “With the clock ticking towards the start of the new Premier League season, hundreds of thousands of match-going fans are facing the prospect of not being able to watch their team play – for some of them, the first games they’ll have missed in decades.

“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures and those in the positions of power and influence – in this case the Premier League, clubs, broadcasters, and politicians to sort this out.

“We need fans excluded through capacity reductions or health considerations to be able to see the games. It’s not in anyone’s interests to have a situation where fans feel they have no other option but to resort to illegal pirate broadcast streams.”

The FSA is asking fans to contact the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport ministers Oliver Downden MP and Nigel Huddleston MP, to encourage them to intervene and ensure the Premier League broadcasts all fixtures to season ticket holders and committed match-goers while stadium capacities are reduced.

Actions:

  • Twitter: If you’re on Twitter please RT this tweet which copies in the relevant ministers.
  • Email: Alternatively email [email protected] – tell them you support the FSA’s #LetUsWatch campaign and ask them to pass your email to the relevant ministers. There’s more information here if you wish to include additional material or arguments.
  • Supporters’ organisations: If you represent a top-flight supporters’ group please contact the ministers AND your club as they are a Premier League shareholder and can vote on this at future meetings.
  • Ask your MP to support the campaign and write to the relevant ministers.

UPDATE: The Government has responded to the campaign and urged the Premier League to listen to supporters.

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