Match of the Day streams exclusive live broadcast using Facebook Mentions

The running order for Saturday’s Match of the Day was exclusively revealed in a live broadcast on Facebook Mentions, a first for any Facebook page outside of the UK.

Presenter, and former England international, Gary Lineker told fans what games had been picked first and why, a subject of much discussion each week.

The Match of the Day Facebook page boasts more than 1.64m likes in the UK.

You can watch a re-run of the live broadcast here:

Prior to the broadcast, the BBC’s lead executive for Football, Mark Cole, said: “We are really looking forward to Gary Lineker revealing the much-anticipated running order live to fans across the country on Saturday night.

“Even though Match of the Day is one of the oldest sports shows on television, celebrating our 50th birthday last year, social media plays an important part of our coverage, both in how we integrate into broadcast and how we use it to support the BBC’s extensive multi-platform football coverage.”

At the time of writing, the post on Facebook featuring the live broadcast had received almost 8000 likes and more than 600 shares.

Facebook Mentions is available exclusively to public figures who are verified users, and it is promoted as “A better way for actors, sportspeople, journalists and other public figures to stay in touch with their followers and the people and topics that they care about.”

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