All games to be shown
There has been good news for supporters of Premier League clubs after it was confirmed that games will be shown until the end of the season at least. Without fans being able to attend grounds, all matches have been shown across a number of service providers and the Premier League has now confirmed that this will be the case going forwards.
A statement from the league read:
‘The Premier League today confirmed all fixtures for the 2020/21 season will continue to be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.
This arrangement will be extended until government guidance permits supporters to return to stadiums.
All matches will be shown via existing broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC, who continue to work with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.
Details of broadcast selections for March and the rearrangement of previously postponed matches will be announced in due course.
The Premier League and its clubs remain committed to an accessible solution for fans. The UK live broadcast arrangements will be reviewed in consultation with clubs and in line with any decisions made by government regarding the return of spectators to stadiums.’
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Managers across the league have spoken out about the possibility of fans returning throughout the season and beyond with mixed views on the situation.
“What this year has shown us is to enjoy the good things for as long as they are there, and I will never, ever in my life take a full stadium for granted,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. “Working at Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool, I don’t think I played a home game for a long time in a not sold-out stadium. I enjoyed it but I didn’t think how special it is. I will much more in the future.”
There was a time where limited fans were allowed into grounds between 2000-4000 supporters. Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers felt it probably wasn’t fair for some teams to have supporters and others to not.
“Firstly, any way in which we can get supporters back into grounds, that’s what we all want,” Rodgers said regarding the brief return of fans between the second and third national lockdowns. “It probably won’t be fair, there are parts of the country where fans won’t get in, but I think it’s very hard to deny people whose lives depend on football, and who love football so much, to not be able to go into grounds.”
Jose Mourinho took the opportunity to speak of how little a partial return of supporters would impact the clubs financially.
“First of all we have to see which tier is London and see how many fans will be at the home match,” he said. “But looking at it from an economic perspective I don’t think there is good news at all for any club.
When fans finally do return, it will be a relief for the sport and for all those associated with it. Clubs in the lower leagues will again have more financial capacity and not need to be as concerned about the money coming into the clubs to stay operational.
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