Gary Lineker forced to apologise to fans live on air after technical issue on BBC during England vs Iran World Cup clash | The Sun

GARY Lineker has apologised on-air to fans watching the England World Cup match on BBC iPlayer following a technical issue.

The BBC Match Of The Day host and former England footballer, 61, made the comments during half-time of England's World Cup opener against Iran, adding that the broadcaster was working on fixing it.

Viewers had reported problems with the iPlayer feed, meaning they were unable to watch part of England's opening match.

On Twitter, BBC Sport said: "We're aware of an issue affecting some users on BBC iPlayer.

The pundit said: "Just a quick pointer, apologies if you have had any BBC iPlayer issues during that first half.

"We are working to fix them."

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"We're trying to fix this ASAP.

"Coverage is also available on BBC One and the BBC Sport website and app."

It comes as supporters faced ticket problems as they attempted to enter the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar to watch the much-anticipated match.

Free Lions, the Football Supporters' Association team that provides travel and logistical advice to fans, said on Twitter: "We're aware of issues with some e-tickets at the stadium with FIFA's ticketing app.

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"The FA is working hard to find a resolution for England fans.

"If you have issues seeing your ticket on the app, join the ticketing resolution queue at the stadium, but keep checking the app."

England went on to win the match 6-2, with a late Iranian penalty providing a face-saving goal for the beaten side.

Bukayo Saka starred for the Three Lions with two goals in the match, with Jude Bellingham, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford bagging one each.

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