Bungling Leyton Orient accidentally break 3pm blackout as they show Crawley clash live on YouTube

LEYTON ORIENT accidentally broke the 3 p.m. blackout by livestreaming their League Two clash with Crawley on YouTube.

The O's usually livestream a preview show ahead of matches but left it running – allowing fans at home to tune in.


In doing so they have broken a Uefa rule which forbids broadcasting matches taking place at 3pm on Saturday in the UK.

The law states that matches cannot be broadcast between 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. and was brought in to ensure match attendances would not be negatively impacted.

By encouraging supporters to attend games it helps protect income for lower league clubs.

But Orient have mistakenly defied the rule with the club showing the entirety of the first half, in which they took a 1-0 lead through Theo Archibald who notched his eighth goal of the season.

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The club realised their error at half-time and took the stream down, but not before some fans cottoned on to the mistake.

One supporter wrote on Twitter: "Only Orient would make people pay for a stream they're showing for free on YouTube."

Another added: "Are people aware that the game has continued to be shown live on the YouTube channel."

Elsewhere in the football league, Rotherham sealed promotion to the Championship on the last day of the League One season.

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