JEFF STELLING apologized to Sky Sports viewers after Paul Merson was heard munching on his chips live on air.
Presenter Stelling, 66, was still reading the scores at halftime when he was distracted by his colleague Merson.
Viewers could hear a rustle in the background and Stelling revealed it was Merson having a refreshment.
Stelling said: “The noise you could hear in the background was Paul Merson’s chili and pepper chips.
“You can see in front of him on the desk that there is not just one package there are two!
“And before going on the air, Merson said ‘I’m on a diet from now on.’
“Well, this is a New Years resolution that went really well! Before 4 o’clock on New Years Day and it’s caput!”
This isn’t the first time Merson has interfered with eating potato chips this season.
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He did it in November – again when reading the scores at halftime, and Stelling called him for it.
Stelling handed the packet of Proper Chips to the camera and joked, “You may have briefly heard some interference as we went to commercial break and I finished with the sheet music… and that’s the reason.
“They were in Paul Merson’s hands at the time – he was eating his chips.
“And do you know the worst part about it?” Look, these are BBQ lentils!
“What happened to the salt and vinegar for God’s sake!” What kind of man are you these days? “
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