The UK was left without seeing Cristiano Ronaldo on TV due to a 1960 law | Sports

The English are asking the rest of the world to tolerate their oddities – driving on the left – as a delightful eccentricity they have no intention of abandoning. Unless they discover that those abnormalities are working against them. Then they'll scream, said sports commentator Jason Burt of… The Daily TelegraphIt is unacceptable that British fans are “treated as second-class citizens.” The UK, along with North Korea, Cuba, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, will be one of the few countries that will not be able to see next Saturday.

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The English are asking the rest of the world to tolerate their oddities – driving on the left – as a delightful eccentricity they have no intention of abandoning. Unless they discover that those abnormalities are working against them. Then they'll scream, said sports commentator Jason Burt of… The Daily TelegraphIt is unacceptable that British fans are “treated as second-class citizens.” The United Kingdom, along with North Korea, Cuba, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, will be one of the few countries that next Saturday will not be able to see the return of football star Cristiano Ronaldo to the English Premier League with Manchester United after 12 matches. Years. It will be shown for the first time next Saturday at three o'clock in the afternoon (four o'clock in the Spanish peninsula) at Old Trafford. The Portuguese returns to the team where he started his meteoric career, and the first match will be against Newcastle.

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No matter how angry some journalists and fans get – others defend the rule against all odds – the most anticipated match in recent years will be banned (at least, live) for English viewers. to rule black out (black out). In the sixties, Bob Lord, The chairman of Burnley, the historic club that was one of the first to turn professional, has convinced the rest of the managers that televised matches on Saturdays will hurt the smaller teams. He explained that it would be very difficult to convince fans to attend to support their local team, for example, if the Manchester United-Liverpool match was broadcast at that time. It is clear that the financial resources of these clubs will be harmed.

Since then, no Premier League or Football League matches have been broadcast from 2:45pm to 5:15pm England time. No English meetings, nor any other party. In reality, Sky Sports It broadcasts the Spanish League, and the connection takes 15 minutes when the match starts broadcasting at 5 pm.

The Manchester United-Newcastle match on Saturday, Ronaldo's return, was scheduled to take place at 3pm, and there was no time, and there will be no change to the schedule. So fans, or Bars, who respects law and order, will not be able to see the return of the Portuguese legend live on television. They will have to wait until they are late in the program Today's match, On BBC. Or listen to broadcast on the radio. The BBC has already announced that it plans to devote special coverage to the meeting.

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Obviously there will be thousands of people, mostly young people, who will be able to watch the broadcast of the meeting on the Internet, a meeting that the rest of Europe, America and Asia will be able to enjoy. Although UEFA ended up incorporating this rule into its statute (Article 48), only England used this concession to prevent two-and-a-half-hour sports broadcasts. No other European competition has ever used a practice that has never been proven effective, no matter how well-intentioned. Supporters of local clubs usually have a passion that escapes any logic, and they are unlikely to stop going to the stadium no matter how far Ronaldo steps onto Old Trafford again.

Despite all the enthusiasm and interest caused by Ronaldo's return to the English Premier League, Manchester United's management did not want to fight to change the match schedule. It would have upset many fans who had prepared for Saturday in advance, upset other teams and, above all, would have opened the door to the first exception to a tradition. This, in England, not even Cristiano Ronaldo can achieve.

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