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TV3 apologises to viewers after Champions League coverage freezes mid-match

Fans missed both of the game’s goals due to a service outage.

Arsenal won to give themselves a Champions League lifeline.
Arsenal won to give themselves a Champions League lifeline.
Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth

FOOTBALL FANS WATCHING TV3′s coverage of tonight’s Champions League clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich were left angered after the broadcaster experienced technical difficulties.

The station lost pictures on the Sky platform 71 minutes into Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over the German champions, although coverage on Virgin Media and Evision was unaffected.

In a statement released after the game, TV3 apologised to viewers for the service outage.

“TV3HD on the Sky platform froze this evening (Tues 20th October) during the UCL clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich,” it read.

“TV3 is currently investigating with Sky why this outage occurred and apologises to its viewers for the disruption to service.

“We will update once in a position to do so.”

TV3 retained the rights to broadcast Champions League games in Ireland on a Tuesday evening for a further three years last December.

Fans watching on TV3, and without access to BT Sport, missed both of the game’s goals as Arsenal handed themselves a Group F lifeline.

Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil struck in the closing stages to give Arsene Wenger’s side a priceless victory.

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