Last-minute telecast omission upsets Everton fans

Everton fans here were unhappy on Sunday night, the final weekend of the English Premier League, when Singtel TV did not show the Toffees' 3-0 win over Norwich City live on any of its mio Stadium channels.

All Premier League matches were scheduled to kick off at 10pm on Sunday evening and Singtel's online television guide reflected that the Everton game would be shown on Singtel TV's channel 108, but it showed West Ham's 2-1 defeat at Stoke City instead.

"We noticed the match preview on the television at 9.30pm. Something was not right. It was the preview of the West Ham game," said Eugene Beh, honorary secretary for the Singapore Everton Supporters Club.

An Everton fan of 30 years, Derrick Lui, added: "I was out having dinner with my family and I rushed home just for the game. When I switched on my television I realised the game was not on channel 108, or any other channel. I was very disappointed, especially because they (Singtel) didn't announce the changes.

"The manager (Roberto Martinez) had just been sacked, and it would have been a new game with a new team. Also, it was Tim Howard's last game, so it was a big thing for us (Everton fans)."

Education consultant Harjinder Singh, who resorted to watching the match on the Singtel TV GO app, was also let down as the broadcast had no commentary when he streamed it. He said: "If they were not broadcasting it due to legitimate reasons, fair enough. But what they did wrong was not making any prior announcements."

Singtel yesterday explained that "due to the midweek match results that confirmed the latest standings, broadcast schedules were changed at the last minute".

A spokesman said: "We schedule all the games live and if there are more than 7 matches being played simultaneously, some will be shown on Singtel TV GO.

"Factors such as the effect of the matches on overall standing to determine European places and the popularity of teams are key considerations in terms of broadcast platform."

Another EPL match not shown live was the Watford v Sunderland game. Southampton's 4-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace was shown in place of the Manchester United-Bournemouth game after it was called off owing to a bomb scare.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2016, with the headline 'Last-minute telecast omission upsets Everton fans'. Print Edition | Subscribe