The BBC coverage of the FA Cup clash between Liverpool and Wolves was interrupted by loud sexual noise, confounding the presenters and viewers alike. It happened before the kick-off when the hosts Gary Linekar, Danny Murphy, and Paul Ince were building up for the match in the Molineux.
Their voice was repeatedly interrupted by continuous moaning, prompting Linekar to burst into laughter as he said, “I don’t know who is making that noise but Alan Shearer is on the commentary gantry. Linekar jokingly asked Murphy to stop making the noise. “It is toasty in this studio, it is noisy as well I am not sure if someone is sending something on somebody’s phone,” he added.
The BBC staff were able to locate the source of the noise once the match started. Linekar tweeted a picture of a phone that was taped behind the BBC set. “Well, we found this taped to the back of the set. As sabotage goes it was quite amusing,” he wrote.
It was later revealed that the entire act was carried out by the prankster Daniel Jarvis, also known as Jarvo 69, who was also streaming this to thousands of viewers on Youtube. At the beginning of the video, Jarvo tells, “Here we are, we have set up a phone with a loud sex noise in the BBC studio at the Wolves vs Liverpool FA Cup replay.”
Mr Jarvis boasts over 170K subscribers on YouTube, and this was not the first time he interrupted a major sporting event. In 2021, he invaded the pitch during a Test match between India and England in Manchester, and also tried to bowl. He also collided into the English batter Jonny Bairstow, following which he received a one-year ban from flying abroad. If you’ll scroll through his YouTube, you’ll find him interrupting the Diving event in London Olympics.
“We apologise to any viewers offended during the live coverage of the football this evening,” the Beeb said in a statement. “We are investigating how this happened,” stated BBC. Linekar, while reflecting on the incident, said, “If you told me this morning that I’d be on Newsnight talking about a porn scandal, I’d have been terrified!”