Digital viewers saw their screens go blank, but could still hear the panel discussing the game. "Seaman [the British goalkeeper] was f---ing five yards off his line!" Wright cried. "And what the f--- was he [coach Sven Goran Eriksson] doing taking Michael Owen off?"
Hansen also got himself into hot water: Asked which match was coming up next, he helpfully replied: "It's the f---ing Krauts!"
[A BBC spokesman later attributed the blunder to a "technical fault": "Obviously Gary
[Gary Lineker], Alan, Peter
[Peter Reid] and Ian were unaware they were on air. It was a private conversation between friends and no offence was intended."]
[In 2003, Britain psychologist John Castleton identified "End of Season Affective Disorder" among soccer fans. "Football fans clearly hold a deep-rooted relationship with their team," he explained. "As a result, like any other close bond, the sudden removal of that central pillar could cause an existential crisis. Other fans will feel a void, or emptiness or loss." At Castleton's behest, a helpline was set up, enabling fans to listen to goal celebrations and other football-related sounds.]