England fans fuming with 90-second live delay after BBC iPlayer crashes during Iran match

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 21: Bukayo Saka of England celebrates the second goal with Jude Bellingham of England during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Bukayo Saka, right, celebrates England's second goal against Iran with Jude Bellingham, centre, as Mason Mount looks on. (Getty Images) (Charlotte Wilson/Offside via Getty Images)

England football fans have vented their anger after reporting that BBC iPlayer crashed during the country's opening World Cup match.

Many viewers said that the streaming service was either running on a delay of about 90 seconds or had crashed entirely.

During the first half of England's opening Group B game against Iran in Qatar, the iPlayer stream was about a minute and a half behind the terrestrial feed on BBC One.

Viewers complained about the issues on Twitter.

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One wrote: "How is BBC iPlayer down during the flipping World Cup? Poor from BBC."

Another said: "The iPlayer delay very apparent again when I hear "COME ON!!!" from my neighbour through the wall about a minute before I see a goal."

England were 3-0 up against Iran at half-time, but many iPlayer viewers complained they heard about the goals elsewhere before seeing them in the stream.

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 21: Jude Bellingham of England celebrates after his team's second goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)
Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring England's opening goal against Iran on Monday. (Getty Images) (Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto via Getty Images)

A BBC spokesman told Yahoo News UK: "We're aware of an issue affecting some users on BBC iPlayer. We're trying to fix this as soon as possible."

At half-time on BBC One, MOTD Live presenter Gary Lineker referenced the issues with iPlayer.

He told viewers: "If you had any BBC iPlayer issues during that first half we are working to fix it."

Earlier, the Football Association announced that England captain Harry Kane would not wear a OneLove armband as previously planned, after Fifa threatened he could be booked for doing so.

The armband, which promotes inclusivity, was banned by Fifa just hours before England kicked off their campaign.

The OneLove campaign aims to "promote inclusion and send a message against discrimination of any kind".

In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal and anyone found participating in same-sex sexual activity can be punished by up to seven years in prison.

But that didn't stop BBC presenter Alex Scott from wearing one of the armbands as she reported pitch-side before the game in Doha.

Watch: Fans react to England's first half goals in World Cup opener against Iran