BBC commentator Vicki Sparks makes history during World Cup

BBC Sport’s Vicki Sparks became the first female to commentate on a live World Cup match for British television during Portugal vs Morocco.

Sparks led coverage of the game from Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for BBC One, with the former Arsenal defender Martin Keown alongside her summarising.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the game’s only goal just four minutes into the clash, with the result sending Portugal top of Group B and knocking Morocco out.

Meanwhile, Terry posted a video on his Instagram Story saying that he was "having to watch this game with no volume".

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The comment was perceived as a dig at Sparks’ commentary by many online.

The former Chelsea captain – who has left Aston Villa this summer after failing to help the team secure promotion from the Championship – swiftly deleted the post.

He then took to the platform again to explain the post.

"I returned home from the Maldives today around two o’clock to find that there was no audio in the house working whatsoever," he said.

"Since then they’ve been able to fix. Everything is working now. I was watching the game with no volume simply posted that on my social media and people have run away and kind of made up their own stories and run with it.

"It’s gathered a bit of momentum on social media and also in the newspapers. Just want to clarify, it’s completely untrue and simply not the case. Hope this clears up the matter and we can move forward."

Sparks has worked on Final Score for BBC television and on Radio Five Live, while she commentated on the BBC’s highlights of Morocco against Iran earlier in the tournament.

Last year, then Sunderland manager David Moyes was fined £30,000 by the FA for telling Sparks she "might get a slap even though you’re a woman" after she asked what were perceived to be awkward questions.

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