BBC apologises for Match of the Day sex noises

The BBC has issued an apology after sex noises were heard in the background of a Match of the Day Live broadcast of the FA Cup.

Moaning noises were heard on the broadcast while Gary Lineker and the team were in the studio at Molineux Stadium presenting the FA Cup replay between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool on Tuesday evening.

“We apologise to any viewers offended during the live coverage of the football this evening,” the BBC said. The Corporation has added that it is investigating the incident.

During the live broadcast on BBC One in the UK, Gary Lineker tried to address the noises saying: “Somebody’s sending something on someone’s phone, I think.

“I don’t know whether you heard it at home.”

Lineker later posted a picture of a mobile phone on Twitter explaining that it had been found in the studio “taped to the back of the set.”

He added: “As sabotage goes it was quite amusing.”

He followed with another tweet noting that the BBC’s Match of the Day show was dominating Twitter trends after the incident had got social media users talking.

And of course, the Sun couldn’t resist splashing with the story, leading with the headline “Match of the Wehay” and explaining that “Lineker drowned out by porn film groans as BBC studio pranked.”

Speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight programme later on Tuesday evening, Lineker explained that he first thought that something had been sent to one of the phones of the pundits in the studio, but soon realised the noises were too loud.

He explained that the noises in the studio were really quite loud and made it difficult to hear what anyone was saying in his ear during the live broadcast.

However, the former England striker took the prank in good spirits and said he didn’t think the BBC had anything to apologise for around the incident.

We’ve certainly got nothing to [be sorry] for,” he told Kirsty Wark on Newsnight.

“If you told me this morning that tonight I’d be on Newsnight talking about a porn scandal,” he added, laughing, “I would have been terrified.”

Gary Lineker has been the presenter of the BBC’s flagship show Match of the Day since 1999 when he took over from Des Lynham. The show, which offers football highlights of the top division of English football and occasional live matches has been broadcasting since 1964.