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Premier League clubs agree to screen EVERY match on TV until at least October 1

All 20 Premier League clubs have given the green light on plans to allow all top-flight matches to be shown live on TV this season until at least October 1.

Out of the first 28 games of the 2020-21 season, 11 matches weren’t due to be screened but that has changed with every match available to watch live.

The 11 outstanding games will be split between Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and BBC. Six matches will be on Sky, three on BT while Amazon and the BBC will have one game each.

The BBC will broadcast Leicester’s home clash against Burnley on September 20 while there are four fixtures on the weekend of September 26 and 27 that are yet to be assigned. They include Burnley v Southampton, Crystal Palace v Everton, Tottenham v Newcastle and West Ham v Wolves.

A statement by the Premier League on Tuesday read: ‘At a Premier League Shareholders’ meeting today, clubs agreed that all 28 matches scheduled to be played in September will be broadcast live in the UK, via the League’s existing broadcasting partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC.

‘Sky Sports and BT Sport have already selected 17 matches for live broadcast for the first three match rounds of the 2020-21 season. Of the remaining 11 matches, Sky Sports will broadcast an additional six, BT Sport a further three and BBC and Amazon Prime Video one each.

‘The Premier League is also in discussions with BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT to agree a similar solution for radio.

‘In consultation with all relevant stakeholders, the Premier League is considering appropriate arrangements for matches which will take place after 1 October.

‘The Premier League is working on a step-by-step approach, while monitoring the developments regarding the League’s number one priority of getting fans back into full stadia as soon as possible, with safety always being our priority.’

The U-turn by the 20 clubs and Premier League executives follows pressure from supporters and the Government to show games that are behind closed doors. 

There are plans for supporters to be allowed back into stadiums next month albeit with capacity scaled back to between 15 and 35 per cent.

But those plans are being continually reviewed and any further rise in coronavirus cases could impact how quickly more supporters are allowed back.      

This is the second time the 3pm Saturday blackout has been scrapped this year, as all top-flight games were shown on TV following the Premier League’s return in June. 

Some games were shown on free-to-air channels, including four on the BBC, with others on Sky One and Sky’s Pick channel.   

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