Fans rage as Wales vs Iran coverage on BBC One cuts out and viewers lose sound

Enraged football fans have been left fuming at the BBC's coverage of Wales' latest World Cup fixture after the video feed cut out midway through their 2-0 loss to Iran.

Claiming a 1-1 draw against the USA in their opening Group B fixture, Rob Pages' side returned to Ahmad bin Ali Stadium knowing anything less than three points would severely dampen their qualification hopes ahead of a Battle of Britain clash against England.

And in a frantic first-half affair, it was Iran who looked the brighter of the two sides with the Dragons fortunate to see Ali Gholizadeh's back-post tap chalked off for offside after a quick VAR check.

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With Iran on top, fans following the match on BBC1 were cut off momentarily as the screen turned purple with audio also disappearing. "BBC censoring the Wales game because it’s c**p," joked one supporter.

"Thanks BBC for letting us hear some alien communication for a few seconds during the Wales and Iran game," jibbed a second. "BBC just went down to a test screen for about ten seconds in the Wales game and I almost s*** myself," harked a third.

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"That bleep censor on iplayer had me thinking that the nukes had been launched," quipped a fourth. And with the score showing 1-1, a fifth fan joked: "I can’t believe the BBC put a spoiler on the screen WAL 1-1 IRN."

While there were two goals to be had in the contest, both fell to Iran after Wayne Hennessey received the first red card of the tournament. Coming out of his area to try and clear the ball, the ex-Crystal Palace 'keeper clattered Mehdi Taremi with a high foot and was sent for an early bath following another VAR check.

Wales put up a strong fight to try and repel the constant bombardment of Iran attacks but the Middle Eastern side netted two goals in stoppage time to break Welsh hearts and leave their World Cup hanging by a thread.

BBC commentator Steve Wilson apologised for the interruption when the live feed returned. He said: "We just lost picture for a couple of seconds there. Apologies for that, there was no harm done whilst you were away, not sure how long it was for but you didn't miss anything."


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