BT Sport to show Champions League final free online

Irish broadcasters split European football rights

Ireland: Virgin Media, TV3 score Champions League rights

The deal, which comes into effect in August this year, also includes exclusive rights to all UEFA Champions League final round qualifiers, which Celtic and the Super Cup and all highlights rights to both UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the next three years. And no, we're not talking about the quality of the defending.

"To secure the Champions League first choice games on Tuesday nights for the next three seasons means that Irish audiences will continue to have free to air access to the world's leading club competition". A further million or so watched Manchester United's triumph over Ajax in the Europa League final.

Virgin Media and TV3 today announced a major sports deal which sees the combined broadcasting and television platform business become the new home of top European club football from next season.

Those with access to BT Sport will of course be able to watch the game on BT Sport - and in HD or even UHD if you have the right subscriptions and equipment.

"The UEFA Champions League final is set to be a classic and we can't wait to bring it to football fans across the United Kingdom".

The May 26 showpiece event also be available to watch free of charge online via, the BT Sport app and in 4K UHD via the BT Sport YouTube channel. "Real Madrid is absolutely fantastic when they turn it on and they've been playing for the Champions League for the last few months now".

Liverpool are aiming for an historic sixth European Cup (or Champions League title to use the modern parlance), while Real Madrid can claim a 13th title and a third in a row.

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