UEFA’s decision comes after the Premier League and Football Association requested a change in broadcasting regulations which means EFL games can also be shown live.
European football’s governing body updated the regulation on Friday and says: “Taking into account the current exceptional circumstances, UEFA has lifted the ‘blocked hours’ protection granted to the England and Scotland for the remainder of the 2019-20 season football season, following requests from the relevant national associations as a result of measures taken in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Premier League clubs are eager to complete the 2019/20 season so Sky Sports and BT Sport are braced to broadcast extra games, with the majority of club having nine fixtures left to play.
While the negatives of playing matches without supporters inside stadiums has been well documented, top-flight club’s are desperate to save the TV deal and avoid having to pay back £750million in broadcast cash.
Published at Fri, 03 Apr 2020 23:00:00 +0000