The Premier League is to put its controversial pay-per-view service on ice until at least the New Year.
Since the start of the 2020/21 season, matches that had not been selected by rights holders Sky Sports and BT Sport have been offered at £14.95 a game, much to the disquiet of fans who since lockdown had been able to watch the additional matches on regular pay-TV.
In a statement issued Friday the Premier League said all fixtures from 21 November through to New Year will be available to fans to watch live in the UK.
“There is a full schedule of Premier League matches over the festive period and clubs are committed to an accessible solution for fans
“These plans have been made with the cooperation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.”
The matches will be shared between Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and the BBC.
The Premier League says it will review the proposals in the New Year following consultation with clubs, broadcast partners and in line with any decisions made by the UK Government regarding the return of spectators to stadiums.