The BBC has apologized after obscene sounds were broadcast during its broadcast of an FA Cup match after it was apparently hidden by a man playing a prank on a mobile phone in the studio.
Noise interrupted coverage by former England striker Gary Lineker ahead of the match between Wolverhampton and Liverpool at the Molineux Stadium on Tuesday.
Lineker later posted a picture on Twitter of a cell phone he said was “taped to the back of the set” inside the stadium.
“It was a lot of fun as Sabotage went,” Lineker said.
The BBC seemed less amused, and issued a statement saying: “We apologize for offending any viewers during our live football coverage this evening.”
A self-described YouTube prankster, who calls himself “Jarvo,” tweeted that he was behind the stunt, and posted a video showing him making phone calls to activate the sounds.
Jarvo, whose real name is Daniel Jarvis, was banned from all sporting events in England and Wales for two years in October after running onto the pitch during a cricket Test match between England and India in September 2021 and lunging into England batsman Jonny Bairstow.