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Mark Wakefield

'I wasn't sure' - Danny Murphy lifts lid on panic in BBC studio during sex noise prank before Liverpool game

Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has revealed what it was like to be in the BBC studio during the infamous prank on Tuesday night.

The Reds faced Wolves in their FA Cup third round replay at Molineux. Harvey Elliott scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for Liverpool, to send Jurgen Klopp’s side through to the fourth round.

Before kick-off, though, the BBC’s coverage was hit by a prank inside the television studio with pundits Gary Lineker, Paul Ince and Murphy. With around 10 minutes until kick-off, as the trio were talking, they were interrupted by what sounded like pornographic groans.

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The BBC later issued an apology through a statement following the incident. "We apologise to any viewers offended during the live coverage of the football this evening," the statement read. "We are investigating how this happened.”

Now Murphy has explained what it felt like to be in the studio whilst the prank was happening live on air.

“It was quite funny at first,” Murphy told Talksport.

“Initially, because it was so loud in the studio and it was, obviously, very off-putting. We thought it was coming out the tannoy and that the whole stadium was getting it.

“Then we realised that it was just us, and we were thinking ‘someone has got us here’.

“And then, of course, every time we came back to the studio to speak after watching a video clip, it would start again.

“The problem was, I couldn’t really hear what Gary was saying, Gary couldn’t hear what I was saying, Incey couldn’t hear [either]. It became tedious after about five minutes."

Alan Shearer, who was also a pundit in the gantry for Liverpool’s win, joked during the BBC’s coverage that the noise was coming from Murphy’s phone.

When asked about that, the former Liverpool star said: “At that point I wasn't actually sure that it wasn’t me.

“I got paranoid because Gary had said it as well so I thought I’d check my phone and, luckily, I’d turned it off so I thought that it can’t be me.

“In many ways, because the game was poor and wasn’t really like a proper FA Cup game, it gave us something.”


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