Salah is '100 percent' to start against Uruguay

Lynette Rowe
June 18, 2018

But his World Cup dream was left on the brink when he exited the Champions League final three weeks ago in tears after Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground.

The telco was met with a deluge of complaints on Friday night when subscribers' streams dropped out during the Egypt v Uruguay match, which was only broadcast by Optus and not SBS. "Optus told me it's a problem with my network, but I've never had network issues before", Mr Royal said.

Hundreds have shared their frustrations on social media using the hashtag "floptus sport".

But the company has failed to deliver on its promises before.

Barcelona striker Suarez, a controversial figure who has had numerous run-ins with football authorities throughout his career, was thrown out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and subsequently banned for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

"Argentina also has Lionel Messi, can we tell them not to play him?"

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"This was due to an extremely high number of viewers logging into our platforms just before kick-off causing some systems to overload".

The second game of the World Cup in Russian Federation - at the viewer-friendly hour of 8pm WA time - was one of 39 that the telco giant has exclusive rights to air, after striking a deal with traditional event broadcaster SBS. "If we do see at the last minute there's an issue, we'll see if it can be resolved".

The long-term home of Australian soccer has the rights to one match a night and every match from the quarter-final stage onwards, as well as each Socceroos contest.

Optus is providing the matches as a package for $15 per month, or as part of mobile subscription packages.

"In 2016, SBS negotiated a deal with Optus that has allowed us to bring more of the best worldwide football to Australians free-to-air than there has been in over a decade by securing free-to-air rights for the Premier League through sharing the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup", an SBS spokesman today told

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