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Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off ensured wider exposure on RTÉ

Shane Duffy of Republic of Ireland (Photo By Ben McShane/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Irish public broadcaster RTÉ is to show the national team’s play-off for this summer’s Euro 2020 football championship.

RTÉ, which holds exclusive free-to-air rights to Ireland’s regular qualifying matches for Euro 2020 and Ireland’s qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, has announced that it will show the semi-final play-off against Slovakia on March 26.

The broadcaster will also show the play-off final – against either Northern Ireland or Bosnia and Herzegovina – on March 31 should Ireland progress.

The Euro 2020 play-offs are tied to the inaugural edition of the Uefa Nations League, to which pay-television broadcaster Sky holds exclusive rights to Ireland’s matches.

Along with the rights to Ireland’s qualifiers for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup, RTÉ announced a deal in August 2017 for exclusive free-to-air rights to the Euro 2020 finals. A total of four matches will be played at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, including three group matches and a round-of-16 clash.

RTÉ will also broadcast Ireland’s Uefa Women’s Euro 2021 qualifying matches against Greece (today) and Montenegro (March 11).