Last updated: 04.12.2023, 05:10 a.m.
By: Christoph Gschoßmann
The European Championship draw had a big surprise in store. Not in terms of football, but in terms of transmission: loud moans caused confusion.
Update from December 2, 2023, 23:33 p.m.: The English comedian Daniel Jarvis has described himself as the cause of the noise at the group draw for the European Football Championship 2024 in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie. On Platform X on Saturday, he documented how he apparently manipulated the sound in the concert hall during the Los show.
First reported on December 2, 2023, 19:44 p.m.: Munich – The European Championship draw made for a comparably easy group for the German national team – and also raised eyebrows in front of the screens. The reason: During the draws, a soft but clear moan could be heard. Viewers noticed this not only on ZDF, but also on RTL or Magentasport. The worldview, through which viewers from all countries received the broadcast from Hamburg, was thus the source of the sounds unusual for this event.
The high-pitched moan, presumably that of a woman, was played repeatedly. It was clearly reminiscent of the moans of a person during sexual intercourse. It was never so loud that it was in the foreground compared to the voices, but it was clearly audible.
Moderator apologizes for moaning in the hall: "I hear noises here, we're sorry"
As it became known later, the moans could also be heard in the hall. Presenter Pedro Pinto even apologized to the viewers. "I hear noises here, we're sorry," he said. UEFA also confirmed, according to the Swiss newspaper Blick, that a moan could be heard in the hall.
Many users at X, formerly Twitter, also noticed the unusual noises. We've rounded up the best reactions.
Moaning at the European Championship draw: "Everything is normal"
"Am I the only one who hears this meme moaning in the background during the RTL broadcast of the draw?"
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"Why do I have the feeling that even in this group you can manage to finish last? But judging by the groans at the raffle, at least someone must have had fun."
"UEFA with a groan in the background at the draw. It's all normal."
Moaning at the draw for Euro 2024: "Just to show us, the European Championship will be awesome"
"The moaning at the draw, the Euro2024 is just to show us that the European Championship is going to be awesome..."
"Thank you, ZDF, for this wonderful European Championship draw."
"I like how everyone ignored the moans at the draw."
"The Euro 2024 draw will be remembered just for the groaning." (cgsc)