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Premier League football – or 'soccer', if you'd prefer – is about to make its long-awaited return following the cancellation of matches amid the coronavirus outbreak, but games will be played behind closed doors, which means no crowds and therefore no atmosphere.

To ensure these matches – which are being televised – still have some spirit, UK broadcaster Sky Sports has confirmed that it will use crowd sounds taken directly from EA's FIFA to liven things up a bit.

Artificial crowd noise has already been added to Bundesliga matches in Germany, where it has met with a mostly positive response, despite being totally fake. We guess it's the sporting equivalent of canned laughter on TV sitcoms?

The Premier League is expected to return on Sunday 17th June. Sky's coverage kicks off with Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal, and the broadcaster will be showing 64 matches in total – 39 of which will be exclusive to its paying subscribers. An additional 25 games will be screened via Sky's Pick channel, which is available on Freeview in the UK.

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