Liverpool’s stalemate with Manchester United last weekend was the most watched Premier League match in British history – but hundreds of thousands of colour-blind viewers could not enjoy it.
An estimated five million fans tuned in to watch the 0-0 draw at Anfield, which proved a major disappointment in the end after plenty of hype beforehand.
Nevertheless, almost 300,000 viewers who tuned in could not even watch the bore draw play out, as the colour of both team’s kits on the night caused huge problems for those with ‘colour vision deficiency’.
Colour-blind supporters were horrified to discover United had chosen to wear their earth-green away strip for the fixture.
Liverpool were donning their standard red home kit in the title showdown, a colour which is indistinguishable from green for those with colour vision deficiency – especially in darker shades.
As a result, several disgruntled viewers had no choice but to give up on the contest long before it came to an end because they couldn’t tell the two teams apart on Merseyside.
Hundreds of complaints were also lodged over the issue from Sunday night’s game.
Kieran Maguire, a football finance expert who suffers with colour vision deficiency, said: “I ended up switching it off. It was too baffling. Where the colours are broadly of the same degree of light or shade then, as a colour-blind person, you have a problem.
“This was the biggest match of the season and generated record viewing figures and in the end, I spent my time swearing at the TV because I could not tell who was who.”
The incompatibility of red and green for colour-blind supporters has been highlighted in the past, with the FA previously producing a video on the problem.
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The Premier League has also developed a ‘colour blind friendly flag’ which helps identify the best kit combinations for colour-blind fans.
Clubs are made to submit their kit choices to the league ahead of matches for approval, and the Daily Mail claim top-flight chiefs forced United to change their socks from green to white in the clash with Liverpool to address the problem.
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