Burnley boss Sean Dyche has said that he would pay £15 to watch his side take on West Brom when the sides meet on Monday night.
The Baggies’ Monday evening clash against the Clarets will be available on the Sky Sports pay-per-view service, in a move that has garnered a negative reaction from many Premier League fans.
But, speaking to LancsLive, Dyche has explained that if he was in the situation that many fans are currently in, he would shell-out the £15 fee required to watch his side’s game against the Albion.
He said, “I think with what is going on in the world, if that is a way of balancing what is appropriate for the TV and the media streams, then I can’t see that big a problem with it.
“Only in the sense that if you are a family who regularly go and watch football, then for what is going on in the world at the moment to have football back on the screen in the safety of your home, and I am bound to be bias because I am in it and I love the game, but would I pay it? Yes I would.”
Many fans have criticised the move to stop making every Premier League game free to view. The decision was taken in the last week by Sky Sports, BT Sport and the Premier League to start charging £15 to watch the games that weren’t selected for the regular TV schedule.
All Premier League games were made available to watch following project restart last year as fans are currently unable to watch their sides in the flesh and this was carried on into this season.
This saw more live games on Sky and BT and also saw Amazon Prime stream more games than they initially paid for. The BBC also showed Premier League football for the first time ever.
But the fact that Baggies fans will now have to pay even more money on top of the Sky and BT subscriptions they may already be paying for, will come as a blow as some fans won’t want to pay, while some fans potentially can’t spare the £15 fee to watch their side in the current climate.
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