Fulham fans express anger after new TV camera blocks view during Arsenal game

Some Fulham were upset at having their view restricted today. Photo: PA

Frustrated Fulham supporters expressed their anger at the first home game of the season after a new television camera position restricted views in the main Johnny Haynes Stand.

The camera, required as part of the bumper new television deal, was installed in front of the press box and season ticket holders who pay in the region of £750 for their seats.

Fans received an email on the eve of the first home Premier League game of the season, against Arsenal, informing that some seats would have a restricted view, but the reality was described as unacceptable by supporters.

Andrew Stanley, a season ticket holder for 35 years and a Fulham fan for 50 years, said: "It's totally intrusive, not just for people behind the gantry, but for people around it. Some people won't be able to see the goals.

"The point is to watch the game and it is going to take the centre of the pitch out.

"It needs to be in a better position. I understand that will be difficult, but it's not acceptable."

Barry Hurley, a Fulham fan for 54 years, added: "We sit here with all of our friends.

"I was told the reason was something to do with television and they needed to take pictures of those in the dugout, which doesn't seem to me to be of great importance."

Hurley was offered a move to the front of the stand, which, considering the torrential rain in London, did not appeal.

Camera positions are determined by the Premier League in collaboration with the clubs, but Craven Cottage, as an old stadium, presented particular challenges.

A Premier League spokesman told Press Association Sport: "We introduced new rules regarding the number and position of cameras.

"There are clearly always going to be issues at a ground like Craven Cottage; a fantastic old ground.

"It has limitations that the new owner (Shahid Khan) is trying to address."

A Fulham spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "To adhere to the broadcast regulations imposed by the Premier League we had to find a credible solution for a camera position that was a requirement.

"We understand it may have caused some issues for supporters and we will look to deal with those individuals to find a solution."

BT Sport broadcast the match. It said in a statement: "BT doesn't decide where cameras are placed at Premier League football grounds, but we always try to minimise the impact of them for fans at the match.

"We're sorry if any fans at Craven Cottage are upset by the camera position, but hope that thousands of Fulham and Arsenal supporters, who couldn't make it to the match, enjoyed the game on BT Sport."