Update on prospect of Portsmouth season-ticket holders gaining free iFollow access

Allowing Pompey season-ticket holders to watch iFollow for free is under discussion as plans for football’s return are put in place.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 2:04 pm

But the EFL will ultimately have the final say on the way forward for viewing games when the season recommences.

Providing a free live streaming service to supporters is one of the key considerations for the 72 EFL members, with football set to continue behind closed doors.

The issue was one of the topics under discussion as League One clubs met for their latest round of talks this week.

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Blues chief executive, Mark Catlin, stated this week iFollow will provide crucial revenue for Football League clubs when football does get under way again.

That’s with clubs likely to be denied income based around fans attending games on a match day.

Pompey fans have aired their views, however, they feel the club’s season-ticket holders should be given subscriptions to watch games free in the event of not being able to go to Fratton Park.

The financial losses already accrued from the suspension to the football season amid the coronavirus crisis has placed the future of many clubs in serious jeopardy.

Some Pompey season-ticket holders believes they should be watching League One game for free on iFollow. Picture: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

That scenario only looks set to worsen all the time they are denied key match-day revenue streams from tickets, corporate sales and other secondary spending.

Pompey, though, find themselves in a robust financial position after announcing profits earlier this month.

The current schedule sees May 16 as the earliest date for players to return to training, with a view to the existing season restarting on June 6.

Pompey fans in the Fratton End