ITV had last night shown the FA Cup fourth round replay between Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park.
The home side won by a single goal scored by 19 year-old Dan Gosling in extra time, but the goal was missed by football fans because ITV had before switched to a commercial break. When they returned to the game, fans had first seen Everton’s players celebrating their goal. What a miss!
ITV were inundated with complaints, and they duly apologised for the mistake, which they said was because of a ‘technical error’. This incident, and others before it, shows ITV cannot be trusted with major sports coverage, as I’ve pointed out in a recent post. The top brass at the Football Association should also ask themselves why they decided to award part of the current rights to the FA Cup competiton to ITV in in the first place.
UPDATE: Scroll down to the crucial moment in the minute-by-minute report of the game:
118 mins: GOAL! Everton 1 Liverpool 0 (Gosling 119′)
118 mins: Yes, while ITV were ineplicably, unforgivably on a commercial break, Van Der Merde scuttled down the right and floated in a cross that Gosling was allowed to take down. He scooped a dainty shot towards the top corner from eight yards and Reina can’t get to it! Cue delirium at Goodison! And sackings at ITV, surely….
119 mins: Liverpool are lamping it desperately forward, to no avail. “What in the name of dear God were ITV playing at?” roars Simon Arnold, and approximately, 233,567 others.…