Premier League bosses have risked more scorn from long-suffering fans after refusing to review their controversial pay-per-view scheme until the middle of next month.
A shareholders meeting between all 20 clubs agreed to postpone any possible changes to the broadcasting format until after the November international break.
And even then it is understood the Premier League will not scrap the shambolic scheme – but choose to adjust the £14.95 charge instead to around £9.95.
Some clubs raised doubts about the decision not to review the scheme now, but the proposal by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to lower the cost to £4.95 was dismissed out of hand.
The news will cause more anger among supporters who continue to be banned from attending games due to Covid-19, as well as struggle financially due to the ongoing pandemic.
The move will also risk further damage to the Premier League's public image and brand.
The decision to make some top flight matches available through pay-per-view via various broadcasters has caused outrage in the game in recent weeks.
Thousands of fans have chosen to boycott pay-per-view matches and donate the £14.95 charge to various charities instead – in a bid to shame the Premier League into scrapping the idea.
But it is understood the Premier League are keen to continue with the plan in its current format for the next two rounds of games in a bid to see if it remains viable in some way.
Top flight bosses believe this will give them more time to work out what changes need to be made when the review does take place.
The matches shown on pay-per-view so far have averaged 39,000 customers, with several supporters' groups backing donations to local food banks and other charities rather than paying the fee.
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The meeting, meanwhile, also saw clubs discuss the potential effects on them of signing players post Brexit.
Clubs will spend the next week writing to the FA outlining their concerns about how the transfer market will work, ahead of more talks with the Government.
Shareholders also re-enforced their desire to continue lobbying the Government about the devastating impact that no fans at matches continues to have on them as well as surrounding businesses.
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