Livescore users will not have to bet to watch matches

Fans will be required to register with the sports app but will not have to open a gambling account to access Champions League broadcasts

Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United’s new striker has been signed up as Livescore’s global brand ambassador. Picture: Getty

Livescore, the sports app that recently bought the rights to broadcast the Uefa Champions League in Ireland and is part of a gambling group, will not charge or make users open betting accounts to watch matches on its app.

The Gibraltar-based company, which has an office in Galway, caused a shock when it announced the deal to buy the Irish broadcast rights for all 137 Champions League matches for the next three seasons.

It will ...