Liverpool fans step up TV boycott as Spirit of Shankly group raise £81,000 for food-banks… which comes from fans donating the £14.95 fee they would have paid to Sky Sports Box Office for game
- Liverpool fans boycotted their match with Sheffield United on Sky Sports
- The match was shown on the pay-per-view service via Sky Sports Box Office
- Fans need to pay £14.95 a match in order to watch the matches on the service
- The Spirit of Shankly fan group donated several £14.95 donations to food-banks
Liverpool fans raised tens of thousands for foodbanks on Saturday night by boycotting the pay-per-view match between their club and Sheffield United.
By the time Jurgen Klopp’s team kicked off against the Blades at 8pm, the running total of the donations had risen to £81,000 according to supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly, who organised the protest.
Fans across the country have expressed their opposition to being charged £14.95 by the Premier League to watch games on Box Office in addition to the subscription charges they already pay Sky Sports and BT.
Liverpool fans boycotted Sky Sports’ Box Office broadcast of their match with Sheffield United
The Premier League is charging fans £14.95 to access the new pay-per-view service
Spirit of Shankly asked Reds supporters to donate to food-banks rather than put extra money into the Premier League coffers, following the work done by Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.
The group asked Liverpool supporters to sacrifice watching their team live, saying in a statement: ‘Don’t sign up to the profiteering. Boycott. There is a humanitarian crisis in our country which is only going to worsen.’
The success of the boycott puts pressure on the Premier League to reduce prices for the next round of games.
Supporter group Spirit of Shankly donated several £14.95 fees to food-banks in a protest