Flick through your BT Sports channels or Sky Sports planner this weekend and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s 2014 – with the coronavirus cancellations affecting all but a smattering of non-league football matches in the UK, the major broadcasters have dug deep into their archives for re-runs and nostalgic filler that’s normally reserved for daytime TV.

This is, of course, perfectly understandable. As recently as Wednesday 11 March, BT Sport had a packed schedule of Champions League football, including the live broadcast of a match in Liverpool where it was considered perfectly safe for over 50,000 people from around the country and abroad to be packed tightly into a football stadium.


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