Premier League fans furious as clubs still taking cash despite lack of fixtures

Premier League fans have been left frustrated by some clubs taking Direct Debit payments despite the season being on hold.

It places further pressure on the top flight to confirm at Friday's shareholders’ meeting whether the campaign will be completed.

It also follows Newcastle ’s refusal last week to freeze or suspend direct debits despite the financial damage and uncertainty regarding match scheduling caused by the coronavirus emergency.

Supporters unable to work because of the government lockdown were stunned to see much-needed cash taken from their accounts despite the lack of football.

Clubs insist that the money will definitely be refunded if games are played behind closed doors or if the season is scrapped. Spurs, West Ham, Wolves, Burnley, Liverpool and Watford are among the clubs understood either not to have taken cash or to have completed payments before the shutdown.

Premier League games have been postponed until April 30 with that date to be further extended in Friday's meeting.

The FA, Premier League and EFL are in constant dialogue in a bid to come up with a plan to complete the current campaign as soon as it is safe to do so.

But the arrangements remain in place for clubs to take money automatically from fans because the 19/20 season still remains active.

Some clubs, such as Leicester, West Ham and Manchester City, are providing support to fans suffering from financial hardship.

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