Dave Jones forced to briefly step in and commentate after audio fault

It’s not just the BBC who are having commentary issues! Audio fault on Sky Sports’ coverage of Fulham’s clash with Arsenal forces studio host David Jones to step in and commentate… just as Gabriel scores the Gunners’ opener

  • Audio fault midway through first half saw Dave Jones briefly commentate
  • Came just before Gabriel headed in Arsenal’s opening goal in the first half
  • Gabriel Martinelli then doubled their lead a matter of moments later 

Sky Sports experienced technical difficulties during the first half of Arsenal’s clash with Fulham, leaving Dave Jones briefly in the commentary chair.

Midway through the first half, just as Gabriel gave the league leaders the lead, the channel’s commentary feed dropped off. 

It followed last night’s bizarre turn of events that saw Match of the Day broadcast without commentary following a raft of broadcaster boycotts following Gary Lineker being stood down from the show. 

With Arsenal having flown out of the traps, Sky’s lead commentator Bill Leslie briefly lost control of the mic as an audio fault saw his feed to televisions drop off. 

Usually renowned for his impressive anchoring skills in the studio, often tasked with keeping the likes of Roy Keane and Graeme Souness in check, Jones had to show off his broadcasting versatility.

Prior to Gabriel nodding Arsenal in front the commentary was briefly lost on Sky’s feed

Dave Jones (L) who commonly anchors the channel’s Premier League coverage stepped in

With British football broadcasting in the midst of a somewhat bizarre crisis, the irony will seemingly not be lost on bosses at Sky and the BBC.

The BBC’s football broadcasting, described as one of its jewels in its crown in recent days, was left scratching around for content once more on Sunday after a second day of protests against Lineker’s suspension.

Match of the Day’s host since 1999 was stood down pending further conversations regarding his social media use after he likened language used by the government in their latest migrant policy to something out of Germany in the 1930s.

The corporation issued numerous apologies on Saturday amid a crisis that saw almost all of its radio coverage of the afternoon’s action drop off, as well as no intro, no commentary and no studio analysis on its flagship highlights programme.

It is as yet unclear whether Lineker will return to the role, though Tim Davie, the director general, intimated yesterday that he wants the broadcaster to return to the job. 

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