ITV viewers left baffled after FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Crystal Palace cuts out… for the LION KING

ITV viewers were left baffled after the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Crystal Palace cut out – for the LION KING.

The two London clubs were facing each other today in front of a packed out Wembley.

ITV’s coverage of Crystal Palace v Chelsea interrupted by the Lion KingCredit: ITV

The Disney classic popped up on screen

The Disney classic popped up on screenCredit: ITV

After about five seconds the football returned to screens

After about five seconds the football returned to screensCredit: ITV

However, the TV coverage was interrupted during the 66th minute for the Disney classic.

Bizarrely, the blockbuster movie – popular with kids – was just starting on BBC One.

And viewers were left in hysterics after the gaffe, with some admitting they’d rather watch it.

One said: “Why the hell did the lion king just start playing mid Chelsea game?”

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Another added: “Chelsea scored which is sad so yes, Lion King is better.”

And one joked: “I love the Lion King but can you f*** off please ITV I want the FA Cup semi final not Rowan Atkinson chatting s*** as a bird.”

An ITV spokesperson said: “We apologise for the very brief transmission issue experienced by viewers watching ITV HD on Freeview in part of the country.

“The issue was due to technical systems outside of ITV’s immediate control, other broadcasters were also affected. The issue was quickly resolved.”

The Blues went on to win the match 2-0 and will play Liverpool in the final.

It wasn’t the only mess up by ITV during their coverage of the FA Cup semi either.

Viewers could here a ‘hissing’ sound during the build-up to the showpiece clash.

One tweeted: “Have ITV got the worst sound set up in the world?

“Thought it might be the TV but no, general dreadful hiss, but only on this channel.”

Another fumed: “Any chance you can sort out that constant background hiss on the audio of ITV Hub before the match starts???

“Doesn’t happen with the ads, just the studio and pre-recorded stuff.”


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