SBS have ditched coverage of the W-League semi-final between Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC on Sunday evening.
The highly anticipated match will only be shown to Australian residents with access to Foxtel, Kayo Sports and the My Football Live App.
The news came on Friday afternoon when a media release from FFA with the details for both semifinals was sent out and didn't include SBS Viceland as a channel to cover Roar and Sydney.
The Women's Game contacted SBS to comment but later in the day SBS: The World Game released information on their Twitter about the decision.
.@WLeague semi-finals - we are unfortunately unable to schedule the Brisbane v Sydney FC match tomorrow night, due to the slot clashing with programming pre-scheduled on the network. #sbstheworldgame https://t.co/OB0DkcoeC5— SBS - The World Game (@TheWorldGame) February 9, 2019
Instead of a W-League semifinal, the pre-scheduled program being shown in the slot is Free Money: The Case For Basic Income and Ultimate Airport Dubai.
Obviously, fans were upset with the decision especially when the W-League draw, which was announced in September last year, saw FFA’s Head of A-League & W-League Greg O’Rourke say:
“It’s also fantastic to welcome back SBS for another season of the Westfield W-League on free-to-air TV, with 15 matches as well as the Finals Series."
However, if you are an international fan you can still watch the match via ESPN+ (USA), BT Sports 2 (UK), BT Sport Live (Ireland), SkySports Pop-Up (New Zealand) and countries not covered by right can watch it on YouTube via the official My Football Channel.