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Sky Sports experience audio fault during Fulham vs Arsenal

Ben Morris By Ben Morris, Staff Writer
Published: 09:44, 13 Mar 2023 Updated: 09:52, 13 Mar 2023

Studio host David Jones was forced to step in and commentate on Sunday after Bill Leslie went silent just before the opening goal.

It appears that the BBC is not the only television broadcaster experiencing commentary problems at the moment, as Sky Sports’ coverage of Arsenal’s trip to Fulham was interrupted by an audio fault midway through the first half.

Seconds before Gabriel headed Arsenal into the lead at Craven Cottage, the Sky Sports commentary feed dropped off, with studio host David Jones briefly replacing Bill Leslie on the mic.

Jones, best known for hosting Super Sunday and Monday Night Football, exhibited his broadcasting experience to cover for Leslie, who has commentated for the network since 2003.

Fortunately for Sky, the audio fault didn’t last long, and normal service was swiftly resumed.

Leslie was on hand to call Gabriel Martinelli’s goal five minutes later before Martin Odegaard completed the scoring in first-half stoppage time. Consequently, the 3-0 win keeps the Gunners five points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League table. 

Sky’s technical difficulties followed Saturday’s strange circumstances at the BBC, as Gary Lineker was stood down from Match of the Day following his comments on the government’s new immigration policy.

It has been reported that BT Sport is among the top contenders to acquire Lineker’s services, with the iconic broadcaster’s future at the BBC up in the air.

Fellow BBC pundits such as Ian Wright and Alan Shearer boycotted last weekend’s show, leaving the network with no choice but to broadcast a shortened version of MOTD without a host, pundits and commentators.

The BBC will likely aim to resolve the issue with Lineker soon, while Sky Sports will be hoping to steer clear of any audio faults in the future.

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