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

Arsenal legend Ian Wright forced to leave ITV’s FA Cup coverage of Rochdale vs Plymouth at halftime due to family loss

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


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

The former Arsenal striker worked as a pundit for the second round game but had to end his duties at halftime.

Host Mark Pougatch announced that Wright had left the Crown Oil Arena to be with his family after learning of a relative’s death.

Ian Wright was forced to leave ITV’s coverage of Rochdale v Plymouth at halftime

Presenter Mark Pougatch (left) said Wright had gone home because of a death in the family

Presenter Mark Pougatch (left) said Wright had gone home because of a death in the family

The much-loved expert went on to receive 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 named Ian Wright.

“Mr. Ian Wright takes a lot of selfies today, but this one was a little different 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 replied, “I’ve wanted to meet him all my life. He said it was a nightmare for him for 31 years to be called it!’

“So good they called him twice!” Pougatch added.

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

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