Sky Sports forced to apologise after Afcon broadcast interrupted by technical fault as fans label coverage ‘a disgrace’

SKY SPORTS have been forced to apologise for a technical problem during Senegal’s clash with Gambia.

Viewers were left without sound during the game, which was being broadcast live from the Ivory Coast.

Sky were forced to add a banner underneath their coverage


Sky were forced to add a banner underneath their coverageCredit: Sky Sports
After the sound went off, the feed was completely lost


After the sound went off, the feed was completely lostCredit: The Sun

The broadcaster was forced to run a banner saying “We’re sorry about the sound problems.”

Shortly after the sound disapeearing, the picture also gave way.

A message from the broadcaster flashed up to apologise to fans for their broadcasting error.

It now appears that coverage of the game has been affected around the world.

Several fans on Twitter claimed that their broadcast had been affected on BeIn Sport.

Now French media site Instant Foot are claiming there is a global outage on coverage.

Florent Houzot, broadcaster from BeIn Sports confirmed the global outage, tweeting: “Sorry technical problem beyond our control which disrupts broadcasting on our antennas our teams are working to re-establish a quality connection and transmission as quickly as possible.”

Instant Foot claim there is an issue with the satellite tasked with broadcasting the game.


Sky Sports Main event has now stopped showing the game and is instead airing Sky Sports News.

Several fans on X (formerly known as Twitter) were left frustrated with the outage.

One wrote: “This AFCON coverage on Sky Sports is a disgrace!”

Another sarcastically added: “Sky Sports absolutely smashing the AFCON coverage.”

While a third said: “Sky sports just gave up with the AFCON coverage.”

The game is taking place in Yamoussoukro in the Ivory Coast.

The Group C game is hosted in the Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro, one of the six stadiums built specifically for Afcon 2023.

The game features several Premier League names from past and present in action.

These names include: Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Ismaila Sarr and Sadio Mane.

Tottenham’s Pape Matar Sarr and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye are on the bench.

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