UEFA lifts television blackout for England and Scotland on Saturday afternoon

LONDON: UEFA has lifted the ban on live screening of Premier league games start at 3:00 pm in England & Scotland for the rest of the season.

The blackout has been around for a long time to protect assists in games.

The move- ment of the European football governing body is seen as a step towards restarting some national competitions in Britain behind closed doors to complete the season, interrupted by the coronavirus crisis.

A UEFA statement read: " UEFA has lifted the 'blocked hours' protection granted to the UEFA member associations for England & 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."

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The virus has caused mass postponements across league & cup competitions.

Football bosses said on Friday that the game in Britain was on hold until it is safe to resume.

UEFA has warned that clubs in competitions that it deems have been canceled prematurely may not be eligible to play in next season's Champions League or European league .

It followed a move from the Belgian football league to recommend that the current season be declared finished early due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the present table accepted as final.

The Premier league & English soccer league remains committed to completing the 2019/20 season.

It was reported earlier this week that a World Cup-style camp is one solution being considered by Premier league clubs as a way of completing the campaign.