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Why The First 25 Seconds Of England Game Will Be Broadcast In Black And White

Why The First 25 Seconds Of England Game Will Be Broadcast In Black And White

For the second match running, England's game with Switzerland will be shown live on Sky Sports - only the first 25 seconds of the game will be shown in black and white.

Gareth Southgate's side are hoping to bounce back to winning ways at Leicester's King Power Stadium and avoid a potentially history-making fourth defeat in a row.

But for many it will be a special type of viewing experience for the very early stages of the match, with it all stemming from the fact that the FA are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Kick It Out - the charity which strives to tackle all forms of discrimination within the game.

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The clash is entirely dedicated to the organisation, with England players wearing t-shirts with the logo for warm-ups and eight mascot representing Kick it Out.

And the most significant tributes comes in the form of the black and white picture - giving old fans a trip down memory lane and providing young supporters with a different type of broadcasting.

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Paul Elliott, The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board Chairman, commented:

"Kick It Out have been a catalyst for the change in English football both on and off the pitch and we're delighted to celebrate their inspirational work in promoting football for all. Hopefully the footage will encourage the millions of viewers at home to spend at least 25 seconds thinking about the importance of diversity in this beautiful game of ours.

"We're very grateful to Sky Sports for supporting the idea since its conception and look forward to seeing Three Lions in black and white for the first time in nearly 50 years."

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Topics: Kick It Out, International Football, England, Sky Sports, Wembley, King Power Stadium

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