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English and Scottish FAs lift 3pm blackout rule for rest of season

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Spidercam at the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The English and Scottish FAs have lifted their bans on the televisual broadcast of Saturday 3pm football fixtures for the remainder of the season, in a move that suggests both bodies are preparing for a possible resumption of domestic football behind closed doors amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision paves the way for pay-television broadcasters Sky and BT Sport to show 3pm Saturday Premier League matches, while BT and public service broadcaster the BBC could show matches from the domestic knock-out competition the FA Cup that kick off at that time.

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