Ex-footballer Brian Laudrup tried to keep his cool as it groaned during the draw through the Elbphilharmonie
Photo: Christian Charisius / dpa
Switzerland had just been drawn into Germany's Group A when, on Saturday evening, all of a sudden, noise rang out at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Guests in the concert hall, as well as Uefa official Giorgio Marchetti as the draw director, first heard a sound like a baby's cry, later it sounded like the moaning of a woman.
Uefa confirmed these impressions, but could not initially give an explanation for them. The sounds could also be heard on TV and in the Uefa stream. Numerous netizens made fun of the disruption.
On Saturday evening, the English comedian Daniel Jarvis confessed to being the culprit. On Platform X, he documented how he apparently manipulated the sound in the concert hall during the show.
Jarvis films himself watching the draw on TV. "The 2024 European Championship, the draw. And we're going to make fun of them," he says. Then he dials a number with his mobile phone, and shortly afterwards the moaning noises are said to be heard in Hamburg. Jarvis laughs and says, "We did it!"
DFB sporting director Rudi Völler smiled at the "notorious English humour" after the strange noises. Yes, it was relatively quiet during the draw. Something was disturbing," said the 63-year-old on Sport1's "Doppelpass" on Sunday. The background was told to him afterwards. "The English are a bit different from the rest of the world," Völler said.
According to participants in the draw, this was reminiscent of an incident during the broadcast of the FA Cup duel between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers on the British TV channel BBC in January. Ex-professional and presenter Gary Lineker had asked a question to his colleague Alan Shearer when suddenly the moaning of a woman was heard. Jarvis claims to have been responsible for this as well.