Gunners fans raise £35k by donating TV money
Boost for Islington charity as Arsenal supporters join boycott of Premier League ‘pay per view’ fee
30 October, 2020 — By Calum Fraser
ARSENAL fans raised £35,000 for charity by boycotting the fee to watch the game at the Emirates over the weekend.
Up to 2,300 Gooners snubbed the invitation to pay £14.95 to watch Arsenal face Leicester on Sunday, instead giving the money to the Islington Giving charity instead.
This was part of a wider movement of supporters across the country boycotting the pay-per-view scheme which Premier League shareholders had hoped would bring in cash while stadiums remain closed. Fans have complained about the pricing for each match.
The Arsenal Supporters Trust initiated the donations.
Akhil Vyas, Board Member of the Trust, said: “We are delighted that so much has been raised for Islington Giving.
“Our campaign was designed to give supporters an alternative to paying an exorbitant Pay Per View Charge. Their generosity shows how much Arsenal fans care about the community in which their club is based.”
Islington Giving funds a range of local projects that help people going through tough times.
IG director Sarah Benioff said: “Thanks to the incredible outpouring of donations, we can now fund even more projects helping people through this tough year.
“The money will go to organisations like the Mildmay Community Partnership, who have provided food and essentials to local people throughout the Covid-19 crisis, or Sports and Life skills, who help local families stay active.”