The Premier League match between Manchester City and Leeds United is going to be televised despite the schedule change to a weekday, 3pm kick-off on Saturday. The match was originally set to happen on Sunday, May 7 but was moved a day earlier to accommodate City’s first-leg Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid on May 9. Although Saturday afternoons are a blackout period for broadcasting games at any level in England between 2.45pm and 5.15pm to maintain match attendances and encourage grassroots participation, the Premier League has confirmed that the match will still be aired on Sky Sports in the UK, pending consultation with relevant stakeholders. A lunchtime slot and an evening kick-off were not possible due to the King’s Coronation and a lack of police resources, respectively. Manchester City, in the running to win the treble, plays Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday and is five points behind Arsenal but has two matches in hand. Their match against Arsenal is scheduled on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium. They also have an outstanding fixture against Brighton scheduled on May 24, while the Premier League campaign ends on May 28.
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