THE BBC’S live feed of Wales vs Iran cut out just before half-time.
Fans watching the crunch World Cup Group B clash were met with a purple error screen and a long, high-pitched beeping noise.
Incredibly, the message displayed the scoreline as 1-1 – despite it being goalless after a drab opening half, with some joking the Beeb had predicted the outcome.
And one fan quipped: “I can’t believe the BBC put a spoiler on the screen WAL 1-1 IRN.”
The video from the stadium returned after a few seconds in the 44th minute.
But the audio was still missing for a little while longer – before the sound noise within the ground and then the commentary came back.
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There was a brief apology from Steve Wilson on the microphone – and then a reassurance that viewers at home did not miss much action.
It was a half of football with very few chances of note – with Wales only threatening once but Kieffer Moore heading straight at the goalkeeper.
So when the coverage momentarily paused, viewers were not too gutted – although the bizarre noise caused some alarm and concern.
One said: “BBC censoring the Wales game because it’s c**p.”
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Another wrote: “BBC trying to shut off the Wales game!”
A third added: “Thanks BBC for letting us hear some alien communication for a few seconds during the Wales and Iran game.”
And a final user commented: “BBC just went down to a test screen for about ten seconds in the Wales game and I almost s*** myself.”
Wales looked set to hold on for a point – even after Wayne Hennessey was sent off for his wild challenge.
But the strange BBC prediction did not come true as Iran star Rouzbeh Cheshmi scored in the 99th minute to break Welsh hearts – and then Ramin Rezaeian added a second to seal a 2-0 win.