Fans will be able to watch next week’s Europa League final for free after BT Sport announced they will stream it on YouTube.
BT Sport have announced the clash between Manchester United and Ajax in Stockholm on May 24 will be shown on line for free, including in 360-degree virtual reality.
The broadcaster also confirmed they will stream the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid on June 3.
That means that anyone, whether a BT customer or not, will be able to see both matches through the BT Sport website or BT Sport app, as well as their showcase channel and YouTube without breaking the law.
Thousands of fans would have been planning to stream the games illegally but BT Sport claim they are committed to making live sport “more accessible”.
“Making the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League available for free to everyone in the UK shows that BT really is serious about making sport much more accessible to the public,” said BT Consumer CEO John Petter.
We will be live streaming the Champions League and Europa League finals free on @YouTube
— BT Sport (@btsport) May 16, 2017
“These are two of the biggest club football tournaments in the world and showing them live on social media and on mobile devices makes it more readily available to a younger audience as well as available to traditional TV viewers.
“We believe that VR can offer our viewers an immersive second screen view which will enhance our coverage.
“We’re excited to be broadcasting what we believe to be the biggest multi-camera live 360° sporting event ever for the first time to our customers.”