Arsenal hold positive talks with supporters' trust over pay-per-view anger as AST put forward new proposals

Simon Collings
·3-min read
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Action Images via Reuters

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST) have held positive talks with the club as they look to find a solution to the controversial issue of pay-per-view matches in the Premier League.

A new £14.95 charge for some top-flight matches was introduced earlier this month, for games that were outside the scheduled TV broadcast selections.

On Tuesday, clubs met at a Premier League shareholders’ meeting and agreed it would stay until after next month’s international break.

That was met with a hostile reaction from supporters, not least the AST, who said that decision showed a “blatant disregard not only for Arsenal fans, but football fans nationally".

The AST added they were “angry and disappointed” the club’s match against Aston Villa next week was due to be on pay-per-view and called on Arsenal to explain their position, which they duly did on Wednesday.

An Arsenal spokesperson told Standard Sport the club would “attempt to find a solution for the matches after the November international break to address the various concerns”.

The AST has now been in dialogue with Arsenal and explained in a statement that positive talks had taken place.

“The club understand the frustration that supporters have about the pricing and told us they will be working with other clubs, the PL and broadcasters to find a better solution,” said the AST on Thursday.

As part of their talks with Arsenal, the AST put forward a number of new proposals that they have been assured will be raised as part of the Premier League’s review process, which is due to take place before club football resumes after next month’s international break.

These include:

  • Ensuring that all fans are treated equally – it is not fair that Aston Villa or Newcastle fans pay the PPV fee three times as often as Liverpool fans because their games are not selected for the subscription packages.

  • If PPV continues then discounts should be offered to those fans who have season ticket payments (including deposits) and membership fees (such as the Silver membership) currently sitting with their clubs and also to those who already have subscription packages with Sky and BT.

  • A fair PPV charge if one is applied is in the region of £5 per game, with the two points of principle set out above also applying.

  • Consideration should be given to a PPV bundle price. The bundle would be either for all the PPV games played that weekend; or for all of the PPV games that a particular club plays.

For now, the £14.95 charge for pay-per-view games is set to stay and the AST, like other trusts, have told fans to boycott games by donating to charity instead.

Arsenal fans did that for their match with Leicester on Sunday and raised £36,000 for local charity Islington Giving.

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