BBC apologises for inappropriate noises heard during football coverage

TV pundits and former players Paul Ince and Gary Lineker with the FA Cup trophy during the coverage of the Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool clash
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The BBC has apologised after pornographic noises were played on air during the broadcaster’s live coverage of an FA Cup match, apparently via a mobile phone that a prankster had hidden in the studio.

The noises interrupted the coverage presented by former England striker Gary Lineker before the match between Wolverhampton and Liverpool at Molineux Stadium on Tuesday.

Lineker later posted on Twitter a picture of a cell phone that he said was โ€œtaped to the back of the set” inside the stadium.

โ€œAs sabotage goes it was quite amusing,โ€ Lineker said.

The BBC appeared to be less amused, and issued a statement saying: โ€œWe apologise to any viewers offended during the live coverage of the football this evening.”

A self-ascribed YouTube prankster, who calls himself โ€œJarvo,โ€ tweeted that he was behind the stunt, and posted a video showing him calling the phone to activate the sounds.

Jarvo, whose real name is Daniel Jarvis, was banned in October from all sporting events in England and Wales for two years after running onto the pitch during a cricket Test match between England and India in September 2021 and barging into England batter Jonny Bairstow.

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