Sky Sports and BT Sport have both confirmed that they will not be offering fans a refund despite the Premier League and the Football League being suspended due to coronavirus pandemic.
Sporting action around the world has come to a standstill as government authorities try and stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The Premier League and the Football League eventually came to the decision to suspend the competitions last Friday following other leagues including La Liga and Serie A.
The Champions League and Europa League are also on temporary hold and it is as of yet unclear when action will resume.
The suspension has left many fans who pay subscription fees of hundreds of pounds per year wondering whether they will be compensated for the lack of football action.
However, both Sky and BT have now made it clear that fans cannot expect a refund of their subscription fee:
Sky Sports managing director Rob Webster said to The Sun: “Sky Sports is working closely with all our partners to better understand the impact on the annual sporting calendar.
“We recognise that it is a fast-moving situation and we are working at speed to ensure we continue to deliver for all of our customers.
“A number of sporting events have been postponed, but not cancelled, so we expect to be able to show these when they are rescheduled.
“Therefore, our live schedule is likely to look different for a period of time. As more information becomes available, we will continue to provide updates to all of our customers.”
BT Sport spokesman was quoted by The Sun as saying: “We apologise to customers about the changes to the BT Sport schedule this month due to the impact of Covid-19.
“The situation is evolving rapidly and we are working with the leagues to continue to broadcast live sport wherever possible and broadcast games when they are rescheduled over the coming months.
“We will continue to broadcast a wide range of BT Sport content including films and documentaries and we will update our customers as we have a clearer view of the remainder of the season.”
Spurs Web Opinion
It would have obviously been a nice gesture for BT and Sky to return a part of the subscription fee to help fans cope with the current economic predicament but I never expected that they would do it. Let’s hope we manage to deal with the health crisis as quickly as we can so that footballing action can resume.
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