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ITV received 5,000 complaints over opening goal fiasco

ITV has received more than 5,000 complaints regarding the farcical coverage of England's first goal at the World Cup. Viewers watching the match against the United States in Rustenburg on the broadcaster's ITV HD channel missed Steven Gerrard's fourth-minute finish.

As Glen Johnson prepared to take the throw-in which led to the goal, coverage was interrupted by an advert and returned seconds later to show the England players celebrating.

ITV blamed the incident on human error at Technicolor, the company which provides their feed.

The 15 million people watching on the standard channel were not affected, but a sizeable audience of 1.5m was using the high-definition version. ITV has apologised to those viewers.

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