Sky Sports break 3pm blackout rule by showing Premier League game

Sky Sports accidentally broke the 3pm blackout on Saturday afternoon when Soccer Saturday showed footage of Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion's clash at the Etihad.

Three minutes into the contest, which Man City went on to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, the broadcaster showed a clip of England full-back Kyle Walker clipping a long-ball to the Norwegian striker. The clip was shown for a matter of seconds before being take off air.

And after being taken down, the Soccer Saturday camera immediately focused on former Crystal Palace and Birmingham City striker Clinton Morrison, who was summarising the game for Sky. And viewers watching live were quick to spot their mistake.

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One fan on social media commented on social media: "Soccer Saturday accidentally showing City v Brighton there… Keep it on please." Another said: "P*** take knowing they can show em and just don't."

A third said: "I see soccer Saturday is still a mess bringing up the wrong graphics, showing a live feed of the Man City Brighton game." And a fourth commented: "Sky Sports News just accidentally showed some of the Man City game."

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The footage shown by Sky Sports is likely to re-open the conversation about whether or not it is fair in this day and age that football fans are unable to legally watch their team play on a Saturday afternoon if they can't secure a ticket to the match. Across the globe, millions outside of the UK are able to watch the Premier League week in, week out, domestic fans are left to shell out masses on different package subscriptions in order to be able to watch just some of the action.

However, the 3pm blackout is in place for a reason, which is to protect the attendances of teams lower down the football pyramid.

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As things stand, no Premier League or EFL game can be broadcast live on TV between 2:45pm and 5:15pm on Saturday afternoon. And earlier this week, it was also confirmed the 3pm blackout will remain in place.

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