The BBC was forced to apologize after World Cup coverage of Wales vs Iran was interrupted during the first half of the tense Group B encounter. Rob Page’s side were looking to build on their 1-1 draw with the United States on Monday, knowing also that not beating Iran could spell trouble in their quest to reach the round of 16.
Wales had the best chance of the match when Kieffer Moore came close, but the teams went goalless at half-time.
Iran thought they had taken the lead when Ali Gholizadeh had the ball in the net, but the attacker was correctly ruled offside, meaning the goal was disallowed.
However, World Cup fans on Twitter were left furious moments before halftime when the BBC’s coverage of the match was cut off.
A purple screen displaying the Qatar World Cup emblem and text reading ‘IBC WMT 1-1’ appeared on the screen for several seconds, while the coverage also lost all sound.
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“I can’t believe the BBC put a spoiler on the screen,” @ADFoxcroft said.
@Mfc_fan1985 agreed, writing: “So if this ends 1-1, that’s a fix! Everyone saw that screen that just came on 43rd minute on the BBC on the right.”
Steve Wilson, who was commentating on the game alongside Danny Gabbidon, apologized when the action returned to the screen.
Fans watching on iPlayer also experienced sound issues during the contest.
@Iewdawg tweeted: “That BBC iPlayer sound just erased my eardrums.”
“BBC iPlayer is hilariously bad,” wrote @lumomichalik.
Meanwhile, @meggaherne was not happy about the delay, tweeting: “2 minutes behind the actual game on BBC iPlayer is a joke.”
An angry @DoLpH71 wrote: “@BBCiPlayer should say ‘not quite live’ on the screen. Got a notification that Iran’s goal had been declared offside by VAR even before it hit the back of the net on iPlayer #WALIRN #WorldcupQatar2022”.
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