Premier League and broadcasters in agreement over TV ‘blackout’ plans

The full reopening of Premier League stadiums next season will see the return of the Saturday blackout in a bid to get more supporters back into local stadiums.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a ban on even small crowds of people, the FA granted broadcasters the chance to show prime 3pm Saturday matches live for the first time since the 1960s.

Sky and BT then carried the agreement into the current campaign, with fans set to return for the final matchweek of the season as the government lifts restrictions in the UK.

That is likely to mean that starting in 2021/22, the ban which states that no Premier League, FA Cup or Football League fixtures can be televised between 2.45pm and 5.15pm, will return.

The Sun quote a source as saying that while broadcasters agreed to cover the extra matches as a service to fans, talks will now begin over reverting to the original terms of their deals.

One manager who is desperate to see fans return is Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who has watched his side lose six consecutive home matches in the Premier League.

He said earlier this season: "We do this for the people, that will never change.

"I feel the responsibility so much when the things don’t go well. Really. I don’t want any praise for whatever we are doing. No, it’s all fine.

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  • "We know we do it for the people. That the majority of our people are still, and maybe even more so, with us is nice to hear, it’s nice to feel, it’s nice.

    "But I would prefer to fight this fight that we are in in the moment with our people in the stadium.

    "Coming into a situation like this, yeah, is not what you wish for. But if you are in [it], you can show real unity and real togetherness.

    "Then if the stadium would be now full for the next 10 games, I would really love to fight together against this. We fight together, obviously, just in different places. Yeah, knowing about the support is great."

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