A Turkish television channel cut short their commentary of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Barcelona because of repeated swearing by fans.
Viewers watching Arsenal get beat on terrestrial broadcaster TRT in Turkey were treated to an audible torrent of abuse, mainly directed at referee Cuneyt Cakir.
Lionel Messi was the hero for Barcelona with both goals in their 2-0 victory at the Emirates, but Arsenal fans were audibly unhappy with Cakir’s performance failure to book several Barca stars.
Having repeatedly let their feelings be known, via a number of colourful swears, commentary duo Yalcin Cetin and Omer Urundul took matters into their own hands by cutting the broadcast short with 25 minutes of the second half still to play.
The problem stemmed from TRT’s commentary team being placed in an overspill area close to the Arsenal supporters.
Things ultimately came to a head during a confrontation between Olivier Giroud and Jordi Alba, when the Spanish left-back could easily have a red card for an admittedly hopeless headbutt.
Having attempted to explain their situation to Turkish viewers, Cetin and Urundal opted to move away from the Arsenal fans. A punditry team based in the TRT Studios eventually took over.
The decision to abandon the unusually vociferous home support came before Messi’s goals.
Having managed to keep Barcelona at bay for over 70 minutes, the Gunners succumbed to a Messi opener on the counter-attack, followed by a second goal from the penalty spot after Mathieu Flamini fouled Messi less than a minute after coming on as a substitute.
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Arsene Wenger’s team now head to the Nou Camp for the return leg knowing that they must score at least twice in order to have any chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.
Barcelona have conceded two or more goals in just one of their last 16 home games in all competitions.
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