Lineker left embarrassed by 'sabotage' of FA Cup coverage

Lineker left embarrassed by ‘sabotage’ of FA Cup coverage

Gary Lineker said BBC television coverage of the FA Cup clash between Wolves and Liverpool had been sabotaged after loud pornographic noises were heard during the build-up to Tuesday’s game.

BBC presenter Lineker was discussing a replay of the third round in a studio in Molineux alongside pundits Paul Ince and Danny Murphy when audible groans erupted in the background.

Former Tottenham star Lineker was clearly shocked and fought not to laugh when he said: “Would you please stop making those noises, Danny?”

When the sexually charged sounds continued after an interview with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was broadcast, Lineker passed his colleague and former England striker Alan Shearer on the commentary porch.

“I think someone is sending something to someone’s phone. I don’t know if you heard it at home,” Lineker said.

Once the match started, Lineker revealed the cause, tweeting an image of a mobile phone and three laughing emojis along with the words: “Well we found this taped to the back of the TV. Sabotage wise that was pretty funny.” .

During the halftime analysis, Lineker took the opportunity to further clarify the bizarre incident.

Speaking to Ince and Murphy, he said of Liverpool’s first goal: “Harvey Elliott’s goal was a scream… which wasn’t the only one we had tonight.”

The stunt did not go unnoticed by viewers as the incident was widely shared on social media.

A BBC spokesperson said on Twitter: “We apologize to any viewers offended during the live coverage of football tonight. We are investigating how this happened.”

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