Why is El Clasico not on TV? The reason behind Barcelona vs Real Madrid kick-off time


Football fans across the globe will be engrossed in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday, but fans in the UK have been left out of the party. But why? The gladiatorial clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid kicks-off at 3.15pm UK time. Now La Liga ’s decision to broadcast the match collides with an long-standing FA ruling from the 1960’s that prohibits any live football on TV between 2.45pm and 5.15pm. So fans will have to soak up the drama of the Spanish showdown on highlights or, as in previous seasons, Sky Sports will show the match in full from 5.15pm. Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo jokes around Casemiro (Photo: REUTERS) Lionel Messi controls the ball in training for reigning champions Barcelona (Photo: Getty) Real Madrid train ahead of facing rivals Barcelona (Photo: REUTERS) Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, insists that the timing maximises the match’s worldwide audience. "The game will not be aired in England because of the TV embargo that is placed at that time," Tebas said on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. The 4.15pm kick-off time (in Spain) favours the Asian or American viewers and will be available in over 100 countries, but the UK misses out. Ronaldo could have signed for Barcelona for just €17m, claims former Nou Camp president Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona training (Photo: AFP/Getty) Cristiano Ronaldo shares a joke in training with the Real Madrid squad (Photo: REUTERS) Neymar and the returning Andres Iniesta in training before El Clasico (Photo: REUTERS) "We had three windows we had considered, at 1pm, 4:15 pm and 6:30pm,” added Tebas. "We analysed those with our audiovisual team and to play at 6pm is too late in Asia while to play at 1pm is too early for the American market." The fans who hold out until 5.15pm in the UK should be in for a treat, however Gareth Bale will be sidelined for Los Blancos with an ankle injury . Reigning champions Barcelona, who prevailed home and away in the fixture last season, have been buoyed by the return of talismanic midfielder Andres Iniesta . Luis Enrique’s men are currently second in the La Liga standings, six points adrift of table toppers Real Madrid. Players during training (Photo: REUTERS) Zinedine Zidane (Photo: REUTERS) Rafael Alcantara and Andre Gomes (Photo: AFP/Getty) poll loading Who will win El Clasico? 1000+ VOTES SO FAR Barcelona Real Madrid

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