BBC’s coverage of Chelsea’s WSL clash with Manchester United starts just FOUR minutes before kick-off and does not include any presenter or pundits – but does feature world feed commentary – after boycotts following Gary Lineker’s MOTD axing
- The game between Chelsea and United is the biggest of the WSL season so far
- The BBC’s live coverage consisted of zero presentation amid the current fall out
- Gary Lineker was suspended and other commentators and pundits walked out
The BBC‘s live coverage of Chelsea‘s top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United started just four minutes before kick-off and consisted of zero presentation amid the fallout from Gary Lineker‘s suspension.
The highly-anticipated Women’s Super League game is being broadcast live on BBC Two without any presenters or pundits. However, Nigel Adderley is on commentary.
BBC have stated that the world feed is not run by them and that the full match commentary is provided by the Premier League and designed for a global audience.
The changes are due to the fact several presenters and pundits have pulled out of BBC sports programmes in solidarity with Lineker after he was suspended.
The Match of the Day host has been forced to ‘step back’ from presenting the Saturday night show after breaching the BBC’s ‘social media guidelines’.
The BBC ‘s live coverage of Chelsea ‘s top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United started just four minutes before kick-off and consisted of zero presentation
The highly-anticipated Women’s Super League game is being broadcast live on BBC Two without any presenters or pundits. However, Nigel Adderley is on commentary
The game between Chelsea and Manchester United is the biggest of the WSL season so far
Lineker likened the language used by the Conservative party in its latest migrant policy, aimed at stopping boats crossing the channel, to something out of Germany in the 1930s.
As a result, Ian Wright and Alan Shearer pulled out of their punditry duties in solidarity with their colleague while Alex Scott refused to host Football Focus on Saturday morning.
Scott is one of the main presenters for women’s football on the BBC but has made her stance clear while Kelly Somers, another frequent host of Women’s Super League matches, also tweeted that she would not be appearing on the BBC this weekend.
Eilidh Barbour, another BBC presenter, has liked tweets from colleagues who have pulled out from working on the broadcaster’s sports programmes.
Therefore, the BBC was forced to alter their live coverage of this afternoon’s Women’s Super League game between United and Chelsea.
The changes are due to the fact several presenters and pundits have pulled out of BBC sports programmes in solidarity with Gary Lineker after he was suspended
The BBC’s coverage started at 12.26pm – just four minutes before the game was due to start at 12.30pm.
The players were seen lining up in the tunnel before walking out onto the pitch. Adderley was heard introducing both sides before action got underway.
However, there was a technical error just 19 seconds into the game at Kingsmeadow. The sound cut out and left viewers scratch their heads.
Instead of listening to the voice of Adderley, those around the world were left hearing the stadium noise – just like on Match of the Day last night.
However, the technical fault didn’t last long. Adderley was back on commentary just 22 seconds later.