Premier Sports signal cuts out twice during Tottenham’s Europa League qualifier in Bulgaria


The Europa League never fails to deliver on bring clubs that aren’t necessarily on European football’s beaten track live to our screens.

Tottenham are playing against one of them, Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the 2020/21 competition’s second qualifying round.

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However, Spurs fans following their team have had their viewing experienced ruined by a bad signal on Premier Sports’ broadcast.

On many occasions the broadcast has resembled one of those streams you might find on more dubious websites and fans were unable to see the final seven minutes of the first half as the signal cut out completely.

Viewers were greeted with a ‘Back Soon’ message before the half-time adverts started.

Premier Sports said in a statement: “We are sorry for the picture break up on the game. There is an issue with the host broadcasters satellite uplink that is affecting all international takers.

“We are working with the supplier to resolve.”

The second half started with better signal, however, the ‘Back Soon’ message appeared once again midway through.

This is the message fans have been greeted with on more than one occasion

This is the message fans have been greeted with on more than one occasion

But perhaps this is a blessing in disguise by the broadcaster as Spurs are losing against their opponents, even though Jose Mourinho has picked a strong starting XI.

The likes of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Giovani Lo Celso can’t find a way through Plovdiv.

They’ve gone close a couple of times (from what we’ve seen). Steven Bergwijn hit the crossbar in the first half, while Son managed to fire over a low ball from six yards out after the break.

And Spurs may pay for those missed chances with Georgi Minchev giving Plovdiv a shock lead on 71 minutes – the goal coming after the broadcast cut out for a second time.

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