Sky Sports say they are sorry with viewers angry after a blunder was made during their showing of Aston Villa v Man Utd on Saturday evening.
Those tuning in couldn’t believe that the thrilling closing stages of the game on Sky Sports’ Main Event unexpectedly cut to an advert break with the game still in play with it in stoppage time.
Aston Villa midfielder Emiliano Buendia was down on the deck receiving treatment from the medical staff, but clearly Sky Sports had enough of the Premier League encounter, which finished 2-2, and showed the adverts instead without any sort of introduction, with the final whistle not even being blow.
Dream debut for Viila’s new signing, he’s come off the bench and grabbed the equaliser! 💥 pic.twitter.com/Q0yKKAWFbo
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 15, 2022
The game was entering it’s nailbiting moments as Villa battled back from 2-0 down to earn an impressive point, only for an advert break to come in a leave viewers frustrated at potentially missing any late winner for either side.
Thankfully nothing was missed during the temporary mishap which Sky later apologised for, confirming it was a technical error.
Following the conclusion of the contest, Sky Sports presenter David Jones issued an apology on air, saying: “We can only really apologise if you were watching that on Sky Sports Main Event. We lost you for a couple of minutes due to a technical hitch.
“Hope you didn’t miss anything too vital. If you did we’ll be able to show you the best moments before we leave you here.”
Viewers were still baffled and angry over the blunder during Aston Villa v Man Utd as Sky Sports say sorry…
@PatelBropodcast: What the fuck are sky doing? Adverts? #AVLMUN
@Ifcjoseph: Sky sports playing adverts midway through the game?
@Matt99110411: No apology for suddenly posting sky adverts during the injury time of the game? Either a monumental cock up or you are now advertising during the game. If its the latter I wouldn’t be surprised as commercials dominate your coverage.
@BigWoodenSpoon: Sky chucking adverts on when someone’s injured. The thin edge of the wedge. Money grabbing bastards.
@OconSZN2: I ain’t choosing to ignore Sky putting adverts on in the 92nd minute
@JimmyMcGroryCSC: can see that being the new thing on sky for an extra few quid, adverts when there’s an injury etc, like the boxing if they can squeeze an extra 30 secs worth of adverts in they will do it shocking!!!
@AnnemarieDray: When Sky cut away to adverts my heart stopped because I thought we’d conceded again.
@1979lowelou: What the hell was that about with Sky Sports? Went to adverts in the 92nd minute. Weird 🤷♀️🤷♀️
@AnnieEaves: Are Sky just going to completely ignore that they cut to adverts? Never to be spoken of again.
@Goalazo90: Sky sports main event put a few adverts in during #ASTMUN game. Absolute disgrace! @SkySportsPL
@NortFX: Feel like my Sky was the only one that didn’t go to adverts
@nickyafc: Sky just cut to adverts in the middle of the game, remember when that happened during the 2010 World Cup loooool
@stgrimmers: Sky Sports Main Event trialing adverts during game stoppages was an interesting idea
@rabmcd_robert: Sky absolutely rippin the piss — adverts when a player is injured
@NorthernHarry: Sky sports doing injury adverts now? Can’t wait for 3rd period break and Nickleback come on and sing a few songs
@GGenaral5: Is my tv broke or has sky just cut to adverts
@MaxPollard92: Sky Sports sticking the adverts on during stoppage time of a 2-2 is a risky strategy but each to their own #AVLMUN
@ReeceDaviesSWFC: Sky just running adverts stoppage time in a game. I’ve seen it all.
@kippaxcity73: What’s the idea broadcasting adverts in injury time Sky? Totally unacceptable.
@TL_Mason: Sky Sports just fucked up, they’ve cut the feed and gone to adverts with 4 mins left
@JasonHoldham: Sky sports. This ain’t America. Adverts during game. Nooooo
@f1rosbergs: why’s sky showing adverts in the middle of a game?? 😭😭
@DarrenWalsh27: Sky sports just cut to an ad break during a stoppage for an injury. I really hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. Sports on US tv is painful to watch sometimes with the amount of adverts.
@Barritello: Great job @SkySports, just binned off your only premier league game today and put adverts on whilst watching on main even…can’t wait for Amazon to buy all the games so we don’t have to watch it on Sky…pathetic
@T212Investor: Sky mate you charge customers a fortune to watch the football as it is, quit fucking around with your stupid adverts during a LIVE game!
@jmc_1872: Did Sky Sports just intentionally cut to adverts there? Because if this is going to become a thing I’ll be cancelling it
Philippe Coutinho scored on his Aston Villa debut as his new club came roaring back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Manchester United.
Ralf Rangnick’s side looked to be cruising to three points with 13 minutes to go after two Bruno Fernandes goals, however up came Jacob Ramsey and Coutinho, who came off the bench with 20 minutes to go having joined on loan from Barcelona in midweek, created a big comeback at Villa Park.
Aston Villa: Martinez (5), Cash (6), Konsa (6), Mings (6), Digne (7), Luiz (6), Sanson (6), J Ramsey (8), Buendia (7), Ings (6), Watkins (6)
Subs used: Hause (6), Coutinho (8), Chukwuemeka (7)
Man Utd: De Gea (8), Dalot (7), Lindelof (7), Varane (7), Telles (7), Matic (6), Fred (6), Bruno Fernandes (8), Greenwood (8), Cavani (6), Elanga (8)
Subs used: Sancho (5), Van De Beek (6), Lingard (6)
Man of the match: Jacob Ramsey
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard: “I thought we improved a lot in the second half, but it took a lot of honesty at half time because for the first 25 minutes we did not commit to what we wanted to do. We prepared to be aggressive and on the front foot and jump on Man United, I thought there was an opportunity for us but credit to them, they were better.
“The first goal came off the back of us being passive and second best so we deserved to be in the position we were at half time. From there it could not be any worse, credit to the players we rolled up our sleeves up at 0-2, we were on the front foot, much more like I want Aston Villa to play.
“We took a lot of positives from Monday, but we lost so I expected the reaction we got at half time from the whistle and had we had that for 90 minutes we might have taken more than a point.
“If you are second best and don’t take the handbrake off you will be picked off. All our good stuff came off the real honesty we didn’t have in the first 25 minutes.”
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick: “It is very difficult to find positives after these 95 minutes. I felt it was the best game since I came here, in the first half for 30 minutes we dominated the game. We took some steps forward but have a few things to do better.
“The plan was to press them in the midzone and we did that very well in the first 30 minutes, and control the ball, and those were the positives. When you are 2-0 up you have to defend better than we did in the last 15 minutes.
“We gave away too many balls at times in the last 15 minutes, we were not as compact as before and conceded the two goals. In the last 15 minutes before half-time we were not as courageous to step up, it was better in the second half and then you have to take the three points home. It feels like a defeat, to be honest.
“Right now is very disappointed but what we showed was a step forward but it about getting the results, it feels like two points lost and given away.”