TV plans to use crowd noise from FIFA video game during behind-closed-doors


Premier League could take the incredible step of pumping out fake crowd noise from FIFA 20 video game to accompany live broadcasts – with vote set to take place on Thursday

  • TV firms want to improve the televisual spectacle of behind-closed-doors games
  • Clubs will be asked to approve the broadcast of crowd noise from FIFA 20 game
  • The use of a soundtrack has emerged as the Premier League’s preferred option

Premier League clubs will be asked to approve the broadcast of crowd noise from the FIFA 20 video game at their next meeting on Thursday.

The use of a soundtrack from the bestseller has emerged as the Premier League’s preferred option to improve the televisual spectacle of behind-closed-doors matches when the campaign resumes on June 17, but clubs will have the final say.

The fake crowd noise would be optional for viewers in the UK and broadcast on the red button rather than on main channels, a plan first revealed by Sportsmail last month.

Premier League clubs will be asked to approve the broadcast of crowd noise from FIFA 20

Premier League clubs will be asked to approve the broadcast of crowd noise from FIFA 20

All 92 remaining matches will be televised live, the vast majority on Sky Sports and BT Sport, although Amazon Prime and the BBC have been granted a handful of games.

The Premier League’s broadcast advisory group have also come up with innovations which will be put to clubs on Thursday. 

These include a fan mosaic in the stands at each game representing the clubs involved, 360° replays and a new tactical cam operated by the Premier League’s analytics provider, Second Spectrum.

Some Bundesliga matches have been broadcast with a 'crowd noise' feed for TV viewers

Some Bundesliga matches have been broadcast with a ‘crowd noise’ feed for TV viewers

The broadcasting proposals are expected to be approved without dissent, but other issues to be discussed on Thursday pertaining to the planned resumption will attract controversy.

Clubs will be asked to approve the principle of using neutral venues for up to 12 matches deemed high-risk by the authorities, to determine the method of allocating league positions in the event of curtailment and to vote on proposals for disciplinary action if the Covid-19 protocols are breached.

The Premier League will also provide an update on the proposed fixture list.

The season is due to resume with matches between Manchester City and Arsenal, and Aston Villa and Sheffield United on June 17.

All 92 Premier League matches will be televised live, the majority on Sky Sports and BT Sport

All 92 remaining matches will be televised live, the vast majority on Sky Sports and BT Sport



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