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Facebook strikes Champions League partnership with Fox Sports

The Fox Sports division of US network Fox has teamed up with Facebook to stream live coverage of the Uefa Champions League European club football tournament.

The deal will begin with the 2017-18 season and will cover the US.

Some matches will be exclusively available on Facebook and Fox Sports Go, while others will be simulcast on television.

Under the terms of the deal, Facebook will show two live games per day in the group stage, four round-of-16 contests and four quarter-finals.

David Nathanson, head of business operations at Fox Sports, said: “As people spend more and more time on mobile devices and social networks, offering matches on this platform is a natural extension. This year’s Uefa Champions League final saw 34 million people have 98 million interactions on Facebook, so we are thrilled to be able to offer top-notch content to their immense soccer community.”

Dan Reed, head of global sports partnerships at Facebook, added: “This collaboration unlocks new distribution for Fox, giving the network a national platform for matches that won’t always be televised.”