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Accrington owner hits out at EFL for allowing 3pm games to be streamed

Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt has hit out at the EFL for allowing games to be streamed this weekend.

He claims that matches being able to be broadcasted on Saturday afternoons during international breaks was not discussed at the EFL summer conference in Portugal.

Andy Holt wrote: “In a disgraceful sleight of hand the Football League have sneaked a change to the rules in without proper debate in Portugal.

“We have spoken to Bury and Morecambe and they like us knew nothing about it. And this is why there is no trust.

“There is no mission statement that I can find on their website and there are no core values.

“They can’t be held accountable because we don’t know what they stand for or the values they apply when making a decision.

“They do as they please.”

Holt wanted an explanation from the English Football League and also called for all of the 72 clubs to vote on the issue. He said: “Project Genie. @EFL codename for the breaking of the ‘no live football’ on Saturday 14.45-17.15 … Has the Genie been let out of the bottle?”

“This kills our income and destroys atmosphere,” Holt added. “It was only international viewers when we considered it first. Then they added Tuesday night matches.

“The option to join with five international weekends has never been mentioned by @EFL. They deliberately misled us. They know what they’re doing, don’t worry about that.”

The EFL have said: “The EFL is very aware of the importance of protecting the live matchday experience, and will always champion supporters making their way through turnstiles as the best way to watch live football, but is an added option for those fans who can’t make the game in person.

“The EFL needs to understand the full value of the streaming opportunity to make informed decisions and the matches taking place tomorrow will help determine the future direction of travel. The review will be shared and discussed with clubs.”

 

It has caused a debate with football fans on social media, many expressed their anger, others can see the benefits – check out that reaction on the next page.

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