Fed-up football fans have donated thousands of pounds to food banks in protest at “brazen” new charges introduced by the Premier League.
The NUFC Fans Food Bank asked Newcastle United supporters to donate to a food bank instead of paying a new £14.95 pay-per-view fee to watch games on Sky Sports or BT Sport, charged on top of the TV subscription costs and, for some fans, the money already paid for season tickets.
The grassroots supporters’ group has raised almost £2,500 in a matter of days through the #CharityNotPPV campaign and are urging supporters of other Premier League clubs to do the same.
Stuart Latimer from NUFC Fans Food Bank, who credits the idea to Newcastle fan account Toon Polls, told The Big Issue: “On principle, I am against pay-per-view. It’s just extortionate to ask people to part with more money.
“Newcastle fans are just disgusted because of the amount you pay for Sky and BT and season tickets when you can’t go to the match and then you are being asked to pay again. I think out of the goodness of their hearts they are devoting their cash to the food bank rather than Sky and the Premier League.
“We’re trying to make a positive out of it and get the money away from the fat cats and towards the people who really need it.”