A portion of England’s game against Switzerland in September 2018 was broadcast in black and white.

This was done to celebrate 25 years of the Kick It Out campaign, 25 seconds of the coverage will be broadcast without colour as the Three Lions face the Swiss in Leicester.

 Many watched the 1966 World Cup win in black and white

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Many watched the 1966 World Cup win in black and whiteCredit: PA:Press Association

When was the last time an England match was broadcast in black and white?

YOU have to go back nearly 50 years for the last time this happened.

The majority of the country watched the 1966 World Cup win in black and white, but colour television was very much the norm by the late 60s.

So much so that Match of the Day went full colour in 1969, broadcasting a clash between Liverpool and West Ham from Anfield.

Not everyone had a colour set by the time the 1970 World Cup, but every programme broadcast on both BBC1 and BBC2 by then was available to watch in technicolour.

The move by The Football Association at Leicester aims to honour the 25th anniversary of the Kick It Out campaign.

 England will honour the campaign in their game against Switzerland

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England will honour the campaign in their game against SwitzerlandCredit: PA:Press Association

Viewers who tuned into the coverage saw the picture switch to black and white as the teams walked out onto the pitch.

Paul Elliott, the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board Chairman, said: “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.”

 



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