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Newcastle owner Ashley calls for cut in Premier League pay-per-view fee

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley (right)

LONDON: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has called the Premier League’s controversial pay-per-view arrangements “not acceptable” as clubs prepare to discuss the policy at a shareholders’ meeting on Tuesday.

Matches played after October’s internationals that were not selected for regular television broadcast were made available on a pay-per-view basis on Sky Sports or BT Sport at pound sterling14.95 ($19) each.

Fans’ groups have urged a price cut, with many supporters opting to donate to food banks and other charitable causes instead of paying the fee.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said earlier this month the price was “defensible” while BT Sport said it was simply covering its costs.

Ashley, who explained his initial vote in favour of the…

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