Premier Sports forced to apologise as coverage of Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Lokomotiv Plovdiv repeatedly cuts out… leaving fans furious at missing all three goals and two red cards!
Tottenham fans were left frustrated in their attempts to watch their side’s Europa League qualifying tie against Lokomotiv Plovdiv after seeing television pictures disappear.
The second-round qualifying tie in Bulgaria, broadcast on subscription channel Premier Sports, frequently cut out during the first half on Thursday for fans watching in the UK.
Fans vented their anger over the coverage of social media before the broadcast disappeared completely with eight minutes to go before half-time.
Tottenham fans were left frustrated in their attempts to watch Thursday’s Europa League tie
The second-round qualifying tie in Bulgaria frequently cut out during the first-half
One fan tweeted: ‘I don’t know what’s worse. The performance or the Premier Sports channel.’
Another said: “Premier Sports saving us the bother of watching Spurs at Lokomotiv Plovdiv by cutting out after 35mins… not missing much I’m sure…”
After receiving a flurry of complaints, the channel released a statement via their Twitter account, apologising for the disruption.
‘We are sorry for the picture break up on the game,’ it read.
‘There is an issue with the host broadcasters satellite uplink that is affecting all international takers. We are working with the supplier to resolve.’
It meant fans missed a thrilling end to the game with three goals and two red cards as Tottenham survived a scare to beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2-1.
Not all that impressed by Premier Sports’ coverage of Spurs’ Europa League tie, given there’s been a black screen for five minutes. Nevertheless a more enjoyable viewing experience than the performance against Everton on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/8h6XarkZ6V
— Chris Slegg (@ChrisSlegg) September 17, 2020
Spurs were facing an embarrassing loss when Georgi Mindev put the hosts ahead in the 71st minute.
But Jose Mourinho’s men saved face with an impressive comeback as a Harry Kane penalty, after an incident which saw two Plovdiv players sent off, and Tanguy Ndombele’s 85th-minute winner sent them through.
They will now face Macedonian outfit Shkendija in next Thursday’s third qualifying round.
Harry Kane stepped up with a captain’s contribution as Tottenham beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv
It was far from straightforward and Tanguy Ndombele (right) came off the bench to seal it