Sky Sports broadcasted Liverpool against Brighton on the final day of the Premier League season but it didn’t make for enthralling viewing.
Liverpool secured a comfortable 4-0 victory over the Seagulls to guarantee Champions League football for next season.
But while the game wasn’t much of a spectacle, what was going on behind the scenes in the Sky Sports studio at full-time certainly was.
Viewers were left surprised when Graeme Souness, on punditry duty alongside Thierry Henry, was suddenly absent from the post-match analysis and was replaced by Gary Neville, who had been the co-commentator for the game.
It was pretty baffling. Souness was in Sky Sports’ booth before the match and at half-time, too.
The Daily Mail have done some digging and they claim that Souness ‘stormed off the set’ with 30 minutes of the programme still to run.
The details really are quite juicy.
Souness was fuming
Souness, who is described by the Mail as a perfectionist, was apparently furious at the way Sky Sports’ production team had handled his input.
The 65-year-old felt that he had been cut off several times during the broadcast and he “walked off the set in a huff”.
As he left, Souness was heard to say: “I don’t need this. That’s four times today you have shut me up.”
A spokesman for Sky said on Monday: “Graeme reacted badly to a directive to wrap up his comments before an ad break. But he has been in touch with the production team to apologise.”
The Mail’s report adds that Souness won’t be short of job offers should this incident lead to his departure from Sky, where he has worked as a pundit on and off for more than 15 years.
It’s another awkward incident for Sky to deal with following Jamie Carragher’s spitting incident in March, which led to his suspension from the company.
This matter, however, isn’t quite so serious, and Sky Sports viewers can probably expect to see Souness back for the start of next season.
In other broadcasting news, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had to turn down an offer to work as a pundit for ITV at the World Cup.
Liverpool have told the injured midfielder that the travel involved wouldn’t be good for his rehabilitation.