Football broadcasters release statements amid coronavirus outbreak
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Football broadcasters release statements amid coronavirus outbreak

As the coronavirus forces a shut-down of domestic and European football, it’s not just at Ibrox where Rangers fans will be prevented from getting their footballing fix.

Coverage of matches from across the continent and world on providers like Sky Sports and BT Sports will be severely hampered by the coronavirus outbreak.

With no football on the telly and none in the stands, it’s left many fans wondering what they’re paying their exorbitant sports channel bills for.

Sky Sports’ coverage will be adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

But before you go tweeting the likes of digital media giant and sports broadcaster Sky asking about partial refunds in the wake of the virus, here’s what they have to say on the subject.

“Sky Sports is working closely with all our partners to better understand the impact on the annual sporting calendar,” said Sky Sports managing director Rob Webster [Sky].

“We recognise that it is a fast-moving situation and we are working at speed to ensure we continue to deliver for all of our customers.

“A number of sporting events have been postponed, but not cancelled, so we expect to be able to show these when they are rescheduled.

“Therefore, our live schedule is likely to look different for a period of time. As more information becomes available, we will continue to provide updates to all of our customers.”

Rangers fans are facing up to the idea there will could be months without football. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s a response which is about as predictable as it will be frustrating for supporters who shell out upwards of £30pcm for live coverage.

BT Sport are also not offering fans refunds, as their current chief executive Phillip Jansen tests positive for COVID-19 this week.

“We apologise to customers about the changes to the BT Sport schedule this month due to the impact of Covid-19,” said BT [Guardian].

“The situation is evolving rapidly and we are working with the leagues to continue to broadcast live sport wherever possible and broadcast games when they are rescheduled over the coming months.

“We will continue to broadcast a wide range of BT Sport content including films and documentaries and we will update our customers as we have a clearer view of the remainder of the season.”

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Scottish Premiership matches are shared between BT Sports and Sky Sports, with BT covering the Europa League and Champions League.

Both will now look to alternatives to the previously planned broadcasting as football is halted by the coronavirus outbreak.