Hibs match won't be broadcast

  • Last Updated: May 10 2014, 12:45 BST

Hibernian's must-win Scottish Premiership contest with Kilmarnock will not be broadcast live on television after approval was not granted by the SPFL and the home club.

The SPFL and Hibs have not given BT Sport permission to show the game
The SPFL and Hibs have not given BT Sport permission to show the game

BT Sport planned to show the Saturday lunchtime encounter from Easter Road after midweek results set the match up as a decider to see which of the two teams goes into a relegation play-off.

But the broadcaster tweeted late on Friday night that it had been "unable to get approval from the SPFL and the home club".

A spokesperson added in The Scotsman: "We had hoped to broadcast Hibernian v Kilmarnock live at lunchtime. The match selection was requested this week, however we have been unable to get a response from the SPFL that indicates an approval from the home club.

"As a result BT Sport regrets that it will not be able to show a Scottish game (on Saturday), but we look forward to showing Aberdeen v Motherwell on Sunday."

Hibs appear to have been within their rights because the agreed number of games have been screened live from Easter Road this season, but the move is certain to frustrate other clubs given the precarious nature of Scotland's television deals, which came under pressure when Rangers went into liquidation and departed the top flight.

An SPFL spokesman said: "While it's disappointing that no agreement was reached to allow the Hibernian v Kilmarnock Premiership match to be shown live on TV, any SPFL member club is entitled to refuse permission for live TV coverage at a home league game after it has fulfilled its agreed quota for the season."