The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) has lifted the ban on the live screening of Premier League games kicking off at 3:00 pm in England and Scotland for the rest of the season.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the European football governing body on Friday.
The ban had been imposed for years in order to protect attendances at matches.
“UEFA has lifted the ‘blocked hours’ protection granted to the UEFA member associations for England and Scotland for the remainder of the 2019/20 football season, following requests from the relevant national associations as a result of measures taken in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read.
The move by European football’s governing body is seen a step towards restarting some domestic competitions in Britain behind closed doors in order to complete the season, interrupted by the coronavirus crisis.
The virus has caused mass postponements across league and cup competitions.
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Football chiefs in Britain said on Friday that the season was on hold “until it is safe to resume”.