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Match of the Day to live stream using Facebook Mentions

Match of the Day will become the first Facebook page outside the US to use the Mentions app.

The behind-the-scenes live broadcast will be hosted by Gary Lineker and air for the first time this Saturday. It aims to provide an insight into what goes on backstage on the BBC show.

The Mentions app launched by Facebook last year. It allows media companies and verified profiles to get involved in discussions with their fans and set up live streams.

The app was originally available to a select number of celebrities. Facebook
announced in September it would allow verified profiles to access Mentions, meaning verified reporters, experts, and journalists can
now use the technology.

Following the live stream of the Democratic presidential debate in the US, Match of the Day will become the first Facebook page outside the US to use the streaming service.

In an effort to engage with fans who like to guess what the show schedule will be, Lineker will also announce the order of the day’s matches live on the stream.

The Match of the Day Facebook page has more than three million fans, almost two million of which are in the UK, so there should be no lack of people willing to get involved.

The live stream will go out this Saturday shortly after the late game between Arsenal and Everton finishes and can be watched by visiting the Match of the Day Facebook page.

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