Tue. Sep 22nd, 2020

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Premier League issue statement on live TV coverage of matches

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The Premier League has relented to pressure from fans to show every game live in September.

With matches being played behind closed doors, there was outrage from the Football Supporters Association that not every game in September was due to be shown on TV.

It meant some UK-based fans would be robbed of the opportunity to legally watch their team in action this month.

For example, Newcastle United and Burnley had no matches chosen for broadcast in September.

Yet the Premier League have now confirmed that, after a meeting on Tuesday, all 28 matches taking place in September will be shown on TV.

After Sky Sports and BT Sport had already selected 17 matches to be shown live, the remaining 11 have been distributed among the Premier League’s UK broadcasters.

Sky have been handed a further six matches, with BT Sport showing three more and the BBC and Amazon Prime both showing one match.

Like last season, some of these matches will be shown on Sky’s free-to-air Pick TV channel.

Whilst no announcement has yet been made for October, the Premier League issued a statement confirming that options are being considered for future games.

They said: “In consultation with all relevant stakeholders, the Premier League is considering appropriate arrangements for matches which will take place after 1 October.

“The Premier League is working on a step-by-step approach, while monitoring the developments regarding the League’s number one priority of getting fans back into full stadia as soon as possible, with safety always being our priority.”

Whilst Manchester United and Manchester City were both set to have all matches aired anyway in September, the news that the Premier League are considering their options for October should provide a boost to fans – particularly with the fact some matches are now set to be shown on free-to-air TV.

September TV schedule so far

Saturday, September 12

Fulham vs Arsenal – BT Sport

Crystal Palace vs Southampton – BT Sport

Liverpool vs Leeds United – Sky Sports

West Ham vs Newcastle – Pick

Sunday, September 13

West Brom vs Leicester City – Sky Sports

Spurs vs Everton – Sky Sports

Monday, September 14

Sheffield United vs Wolves – Pick

Brighton vs Chelsea – Sky Sports

Saturday, September 19

Everton vs West Brom – BT Sport

Leeds vs Fulham – BT Sport

Man United vs Crystal Palace – Sky Sports

Arsenal vs West Ham – Sky Sports

Sunday, September 20

Southampton vs Spurs – BT Sport

Newcastle vs Brighton – Pick

Chelsea vs Liverpool – Sky Sports

Leicester vs Burnley – BBC Sport

Monday, September 21

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United – Pick

Wolves vs Man City – Sky Sports

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