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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

image for Euro 2012: ITV team forced to broadcast outside stadium
ITV commentator cuts a solitary figure in the press box.

Speculation surrounded the ITV sports team last night when an anonymous twitter account said they were banned from the stadium.

Viewers had noted during the England v France game that Adrian Chiles, Jamie Carragher and Gareth Southgate were in a studio 500 metres away from the stadium, which could be seen in the background.

The twitter account said ITV had received less tickets for the tournament than the BBC because of the Robbie Earle incident in the 2010 World Cup. Complimentary tickets allocated to the ITV match pundit had ended up with a Dutch brewery whose ambush marketing stunt involving 36 women wearing orange broke FIFA regulations. ITV were subsequently forced to sack Earle.

The only ITV team inside the stadium were commentators. On BBC coverage, viewers are used to a shaven headed Alan Shearer on the pitch with Jake Humphrey in matches played in Ukraine.

A spokesman for ITV denied the Robbie Earle link and also quashed rumours of 'cashflow problems' saying that ITV producers preferred the scenic background that allowed viewers to see the 'lovely architecture on the outside of the stadia'.

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