BBC to show four live Premier League matches with 25 more on free-to-air TV

Live Premier League football will be shown on the BBC for the first time since the league’s inception in 1992.

Four live games will be shown when the Premier League returns in June to complete the 2019-20 campaign, following its coronavirus suspension.

The Premier League confirmed on Thursday that it will return to action, provided it is safe to do so, on June 17.

And it also confirmed that all 92 remaining matches would be shown live on TV.

Main rights holder Sky Sports will show 64 of the remaining games, which kick off with Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United.

With supporters not allowed to return to stadiums for the foreseeable future, the remaining games will be shown across BT Sport, Amazon Prime and the BBC.

A total of 25 games will be available on free-to-air view.

One of those, being made available by Sky, will be the opening weekend's Merseyside Derby, where Liverpool could potentially claim the title.

It is still undecided whether that match will be played at Goodison Park, or moved to a neutral venue on police advice.

Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater said: “This opportunity creates an historic moment for the BBC and our audiences.

“At a time when sports fans across the country are in need of lift, this is very welcome news. We are delighted and excited to have the chance to show live Premier League games on the BBC.

“This will offer audiences, who haven't had the opportunity in the past, live , free to air access to the best football league in the world, as the BBC continues to keep the country entertained during these unprecedented times.”

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