Presenter Gary Lineker continued with a straight face amid the chaos during the telecast, and it is hilarious.
Sports and pornography had nothing in common until the embarrassing mashup of the two was played out by prankster Daniel Jarvis. Hilarity ensued in the BBC newsroom as the Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was left red-faced while covering the match live on television. Lineker was discussing the possible outcomes of the match with former player Alan Shearer when loud moans started playing in the background. At first, Gary Lineker ignored the noise and continued with the conversation but it soon became way too obvious.
Things took a turn as the startled panelists started exchanging glances as the noise refused to die down, leaving them all embarrassed. As the loud moans continued playing on loop, Lineker couldn't help but joke about it. Lineker knew it was not the case of human error as he was heard saying, “Somebody's sending something on someone's phone, I think. I don't know whether you heard it at home," when he first encountered the moaning loop in the backdrop.
A prank was on the play as the staff was able to trace the cell phone which was responsible for the continued interruptions with the “whimpers”. Prankster Daniel Jarvis who claimed to have set it all up confirmed this with a post on Twitter. Hilariously enough, to clarify what occurred during the show Lineker posted on his Twitter handle how he was able to unearth the cell phone. The tweet reads: “Well, we found this taped to the back of the set. As sabotage goes, it was quite amusing,” concluding with laughing emojis.
Well, we found this taped to the back of the set. As sabotage goes it was quite amusing. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ikUhBJ38Je— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) January 17, 2023
The incident since then has gone viral on the internet how the interruptions didn’t deter the spirits of the BBC panelists and presenter to carry on. YouTube prankster Jarvis posted a video of him as he confesses: “Yes, it was me that pranked the BBC Match of the Day with the sex Phone :) The video coming soon!!!! @BMWJARVO best prankster ever!!!!” to disrupt the show's live coverage.
Noises from a porn clip were heard as the pre-match build-up before the Wolves v Liverpool fixture was set to take place. The show which was telecasted on January 17 on The BBC channel apologized to viewers: “We apologize to any viewers offended during the live coverage of the football this evening. A spokesperson also confirmed the BBC was investigating the incident,” who were offended by the unexpected turn of events.
Calling it a "good prank" which took place in a studio at Wolverhampton's Molineux Stadium alongside panelists Paul Ince and Danny Murphy, Lineker has nothing to regret about it. Speaking on BBC Two's Newsnight later on the same day, Lineker humorously recalls what transpired earlier that day as he comments laughingly: “If you told me this morning that tonight I'd be on Newsnight talking about a porn scandal. I would have been terrified."