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Leo Messi with Toni Kroos and Casemiro last season.
Leo Messi with Toni Kroos and Casemiro last season.
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You won't be able to watch the first El Clasico of the season live on TV

The 3:15pm kick-off for Barcelona v Real Madrid means it will not be broadcast live on these shores.
Oct 12th 2016, 3:10 PM 26,390 37

IRISH AND BRITISH audiences will be unable to see the first El Clasico clash of the season live on television, after Barcelona’s home game against Real Madrid was scheduled for 3:15pm on 3 December.

Rules in the UK forbid the airing of live football matches between 2:45pm and 5:15pm on a Saturday, so Sky Sports won’t be showing the match live.

The rule is designed to encourage attendances at both top-flight and lower-league games, but it now means Britain (and, by extension, Ireland) will be cut off from over 100 countries across the world, which will be able to broadcast the fixture.

Real won last season’s fixture at Camp Nou 2-1, but were defeated 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Atletico Madrid are currently top of La Liga, with Real in second and Barcelona fourth.


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