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Gary Lineker admits amusement at Match of the Day porn noise prank

The football pundit was left red-faced when explicit noises were heard loudly in the studio during the live show.

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Gary Lineker has revealed an old mobile phone taped to the back of the set was responsible for the pornographic soundtrack broadcast during Match Of The Day.

The TV presenter was left red-faced during the BBC's live coverage of the FA Cup match between Wolverhampton and Liverpool when loud sex noises could suddenly be heard in the background.

Lineker, 62, shared a picture of mobile phone covered in double-sided tape on Twitter and said: "Well, we found this taped to the back of the set. As sabotage goes it was quite amusing."

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A serial pitch-invader and internet pankster named Daniel Jarvis has taken credit for the stunt.

Gary Lineker hosting Match Of The Day
Gary Lineker laughed off the prank after sex noises played during the live football broadcast. (BBC)

He tweeted: "Yes, it was me that pranked the BBC Match of the Day with the sex Phone :) The video coming soon!!!! @BMWJARVO best prankster ever!!!!"

He shared a video clip of himself going behind the scenes of the Match of the Day set at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton before the match.

A livestream on his YouTube channel showed him watching Match of the Day and then calling the phone he had planted to play the pornographic noises as the ringtone.

BBC pundit Gary Lineker during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on January 17, 2023 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Gary Lineker presenting Match of the Day at Molineux in Wolverhampton. (Offside via Getty Images)

During the live BBC sports show Lineker had to raise his voice when the sounds began and laughed: "I don't know who's making that news, before he cut to former England striker Alan Shearer in the commentary box.

Lineker said: "It's a bit noisy. Someone’s sending something on someone’s phone, as a joke I think. I don’t know whether you heard it at home.”

Match of The Day presenters Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Ian Wright
Gary Lineker quickly passed to Alan Shearer in the commentary box after the noises began. (BBC)

The BBC issued an apology following the broadcast saying: "We apologise to any viewers offended during the live coverage of the football this evening. We are investigating how this happened."

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Lineker has been the face of Match Of The Day since 1999 and is the highest paid presenter at the BBC, with an annual salary of £1.35m from the broadcasting corporation.

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