Sheffield news Gary Neville shares Sheffield United fans' view over pay-per-view MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has slammed the Premier League’s pay-per-view structure and has demanded it is scrapped. A £14.95 price per match was introduced during the recent international break for games not originally selected for broadcasting in the UK, continuing to allow fans to watch every top-flight match that they have been locked out for. However, the high pricing was immediately slammed by supporters, many of whom boycotted the structure and instead donated to local food banks - raising thousands of pounds in the process. Viewing figures for those matches on the pay-per-view structure are understood to be very poor and Premier League clubs are due to convene on Thursday to discuss changes, with the expectation being that they will be scrapped. Now, Neville has had his say on the situation and explained how an independent regulator, something he is among those pushing for, would manage the situation. “What an independent regulator does, appointed by the government, is just look at balance and fairness. So that self-interest through the Premier League, or whether it be other factions of football, are just able to be brought back to a simple ‘no that doesn't work’. “£14.95, that doesn't work, so Mr Regulator says ‘no you're not doing that, it doesn't work for the fan, it's not fair at this moment of time we're gonna stop it’. That's one example. “It just needs scrapping. It's gone.
. No one is paying, no one is watching, it's done, it's finished, get rid of it.” Over 100,000 people tuned in to watch Sheffield United's defeat to Liverpool - a much lower figure than would be expected if the game was not on pay per view. A group of Sheffield United fans have set up FifteensObscene, a campaign to try and get the Premier League to rethink its decision. They set up a JustGiving page where Blades fans could donate their £14.95 to St Luke's Hospice instead. Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley issued a statement last night via the club calling for the price to be reduced to £4.95 but former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was unimpressed by his comments.
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“I think it's laughable that it's Mike Ashley who's come out and said that - I think he's still taking season ticket money off Newcastle fans. “For Mike Ashley to come out and say it, and I do agree with his comments, it shows how messed up it is. “£14.95 has gone down like a lead balloon and I'm sure it will change."
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