West Brom manager Bilic slams Premier League's PPV model


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - West Bromwich Albion v Burnley - The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain - October 19, 2020 West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic Pool via REUTERS/Tim Keeton/File Photo

(Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has criticised the Premier League's decision to charge fans extra to watch matches via pay-per-view platforms.

Domestic broadcasters have been airing Premier League games since the June restart as a temporary measure with fans still barred from stadiums due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, matches not already selected for broadcast in October, including West Brom's 0-0 draw against Burnley on Monday, are being priced at 14.95 pounds per game.

"Football should not be free, but affordable," Bilic told reporters. "Football is the sport for masses, a working-class sport, and it should be affordable to everybody."

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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