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Government Demand Free-To-Air Premier League Matches Upon Restart

Government Demand Free-To-Air Premier League Matches Upon Restart
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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The British Government have opened the door for the Premier League to return in June, but only if certain demands are met.

The two parties met on Thursday, where a resumption of the league was the main talking point. It looks like that could come as early as next month. However, the government have requested that some matches be shown on free-to-air TV, while they also want the Premier League to put more money into the lower leagues and grassroot levels.


Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said games could resume if it is safe to do so next month (h/t The Guardian):

The government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June.

This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family.

It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.

The government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game ahead of any final decision which would put these plans into action.

It is believed discussion are already underway with Sky and BT about providing matches on free-to-air.

With games set to be held behind closed doors, it is highly likely that all remaining fixtures this season will be broadcast live in some form.

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