Wednesday 7 December 2016

Explained: Here is why you won't be able to watch tomorrow's Barcelona v Real Madrid game live on TV

Published 01/12/2016 | 11:20

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo jogs towards Lionel Messi Photo credit: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo jogs towards Lionel Messi Photo credit: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

English and Irish fans hoping to watch Barcelona play Real Madrid on TV tomorrow will be left disappointed due to an old broadcasting rule.

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The Nou Camp clash will be shown live in over 100 countries at 3.15pm on tomorrow afternoon - but Britain and Ireland won't be among them.

A long-standing rule agreed by the FA means that live football can't be broadcast between 2.45pm and 5.15.pm on a Saturday, originally brought in to encourage people to attend live games.

The rule seems extremely antiquated in 2016 but has yet to be changed, meaning that Sky won't be showing the titanic tussle this December.

Of course, no such rule exists in Ireland, which is the reason why Sky have an Irish-only 3pm broadcast of Premier League matches on a Saturday.

However, the broadcasting giant haven't done the same for Clasico, as it is a one-off event, and since no Irish broadcaster holds the rights to La Liga, Irish fans will have to stream the match online to enjoy one of football's biggest rivalries.

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