Sex noises interrupted BBC’s live pre-match coverage of the FA Cup third-round replay between Wolves and Liverpool last night generating discussion across the world on social media as the presenters who were caught unawares struggled to contain themselves.
BBC host Gary Lineker and pundits Danny Murphy and Paul Ince were building up to the match on Tuesday night when a loud recording of sex noises began to audibly blare out of the studio. The hosts initially tried to continue with the broadcast before Lineker was forced to acknowledge the disruption.
“Will you stop making those noises, Danny,” joked Lineker as he tried to downplay the situation
“It is not me,” responded Murphy.
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The noises continued for a number of minutes as BBC staff struggled to find the source of the noise. This forced the broadcast to be switched to the stadium where former Newcastle United star Alan Shearer was waiting by in order prevent further embarrassment.
Once the game got underway however, Lineker tweeted that he had found the source of the noise posting a photo of an old mobile phone with a caption, “Well, we found this taped to the back of the set. As sabotage goes it was quite amusing.”
BBC has this morning apologised for the embarrassing incident saying that investigations are underway.
“We apologise to any viewers offended during the live coverage of the football this evening,” the BBC said.
YouTube prankster Daniel Jarvis has claimed responsibility by posting a video of him at the Molineux stadium before the match.
“Yes, it was me that pranked the BBC Match of the Day with the sex Phone. Best prankster ever,” he said on his Twitter account.
Jarvis who has pulled several such stunts for his YouTube page was last year handed a suspended sentence over an incident in which he collided with England cricketer Jonny Bairstow while invading the Oval pitch in south London during Test Match.
He is currently banned from attending any sporting fixture in England and Wales for two years.