Ian Wright forced to leave ITV’s FA Cup coverage of Rochdale and Plymouth due to family bereavement 

Arsenal legend Ian Wright is forced to leave ITV’s FA Cup coverage of Rochdale vs Plymouth at half-time due to a family bereavement

  • Ian Wright was forced to leave Rochdale’s FA Cup tie with Plymouth early
  • The former Arsenal striker was working as a pundit for the second round clash
  • ITV presenter Mark Pougatch announced at half-time that Wright had left
  • The much-loved striker went home to his family after the passing of a relative 











Ian Wright had to leave ITV’s FA Cup match between Rochdale and Plymouth on Sunday early after a family bereavement.

The former Arsenal striker was working as a pundit for the second round clash but was forced to end his duties at half-time.

Presenter Mark Pougatch announced Wright had left the Crown Oil Arena to be with his family after learning of the passing of a relative.

Ian Wright was forced to leave ITV’s coverage of Rochdale v Plymouth at half-time

Presenter Mark Pougatch (left) said Wright had gone home due to a family bereavement

Presenter Mark Pougatch (left) said Wright had gone home due to a family bereavement

The much-loved pundit then received a number of messages of support on social media following the announcement. 

Before the match, the 58-year-old was introduced to a Rochdale fan called Ian Wright.   

‘Mr Ian Wright doing lots of selfies today but this one was a little different though because you were actually talking to Ian Wright!’ said Pougatch.

Wright received a number of supportive messages on social media after the announcement

Wright received a number of supportive messages on social media after the announcement

Wright responded: ‘I’ve wanted to meet him all my life. He said it’s been a nightmare for him for 31 years being called it!’ 

‘So good they named him twice!’ added Pougatch.

Plymouth won the match 2-1 thanks to Luke Jephcott’s 86th-minute strike as the League One side sealed their place in the third round draw and a potential money-spinning tie against a Premier League side. 

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