AFP Friday, April 30, 2010
PARIS: A mysterious act of sabotage left thousands of Madrid football fans who had tuned in to watch arch rival Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final with Inter Milan in the dark. The black out was caused by a pirate signal which played havoc with regional public channel Telemadrid’s live match coverage from the Nou Camp on Wednesday. "This strong signal from an unknown origin stopped a few minutes before the end of the game," Telemadrid reported. The channel have lodged an official complaint with the police. Abertis Telecom, the company responsible for relaying the television signal in the Madrid area, added that "interference began a few minutes before 2045 (1845GMT), kick-off time".