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Serie A Laws To Impact On Viewers' Ability To Watch Ronaldo Debut

Serie A Laws To Impact On Viewers' Ability To Watch Ronaldo Debut
By Eoin Lyons Updated

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his professional debut for Juventus against Chievo tomorrow at 5pm. The match is being shown on Eleven Sports and is being streamed for free on Eleven Sports' Facebook page, but the broadcaster will run into trouble when trying to show the first 15 minutes of match due to Serie A laws which dictate that no football be broadcast or streamed between 2.45pm and 5.15pm.

The rule dates back to the 1960s, back when football clubs were worried that if their games were televised it would lead to a decrease in supporters attending games.

This blackout rule will mean that the Eleven Sports will leave the live commentary of the match over a black graphic, which will also explain viewers why they are not watching live action from the game.

On Friday, Juventus manager Massimo Allegri has confirmed the 33-year-old Portugese forward would make his Serie A bow on Saturday, and former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can could also make his competitive bow for Bianconeri:

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his Serie A debut for us tomorrow Confirmed starters are Cristiano, [Wojciech] Szczesny, [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Miralem] Pjanic, [Joao] Cancelo and Alex Sandro.

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