Gary Lineker and Paddy McGuinness made quite the presenting team on Sport Relief tonight (March 13) – even if their most amusing moments were almost all unintentional.
The pair were hit with some technical difficulties during their stint on the fundraising show, leaving them with an entirely ruined segment and some awkward airtime to fill.
Lineker was meant to introduce a spoof clip in which the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) determined that England should have actually lost the World Cup in 1966.
It would then be followed by a second clip, in which VAR retrospectively re-awarded England the World Cup – and gave them another for good measure.
But the entire segment was almost ruined as the second clip was shown first, leaving Lineker and McGuinness virtually speechless on live television.
"I think it's fair to say we're all fairly shocked here in the studio," said Lineker. "It was a complete mess-up, actually, that. From start to finish. In fact, they even rolled the wrong piece of VT as well.
"It's all gone pear-shaped. See, we had this really clever bit where, first of all, we lost the World Cup, then we were going to win, then you [Paddy] were going to bring it on, and now it's all gone pear-shaped because they played the wrong one first."
The Match of the Day presenter then tried to pass over to Strictly star Alex Scott, who made up their presenting trio, but there was an awkward pause before Lineker said, "Actually, forget that as well," and moved on to a different segment.
Eventually, they were able to show the two VAR clips in the correct order, bringing an end to the moderate chaos.
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