England’s Championship football has seen a decline in its midweek attendance figures, according to The Times, after Sky Sports and the English Football League moved to stream every game during the week.

Since the start of the 2018-19 season, every single midweek Championship match has been available on Sky via the red button as part of the broadcaster’s new deal with the EFL.

The Times’ report found that the three midweek rounds this season have seen average attendances drop by 8.8 per cent compared to weekend matches. This represents a significant increase on last season, when crowds dropped by an average of 4.5 per cent in midweek.

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