The footballing stars aligned last night to produce a rather bizarre evening on Sky Sports 1.
A break in the domestic top flight for international friendlies coincided with the finals of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016 - an event held at New York's Apollo Theater in which professional gamers can showcase their FIFA skills for a $20,000 cash prize.
While eSports is a growing force online - with numerous tournaments now offering winnings of over £100,000 - the wider subscription base of Sky Sports weren't impressed to see gamers dominate their television schedule for the better part of the evening, complete with professional pundits and commentators analysing their skills/button bashing.
Match analysis of a game of FIFA on Sky Sports 1, they're going downhillpic.twitter.com/yh2FcqMWLf— Jonesy (@ManLikeMahrez) March 22, 2016
Like your own petulant reaction to your older brother thrashing you 4-0 on Sensi, things got... childish.
LMAO! YO!— Notorious Big Dave (@NotoriousBD) March 22, 2016
I don't pay no £52.99 a month to be watching a bunch of virgins play FIFA on sky sports 1 @SkySports
Sky Sports 1 are showing a FIFA tournament. Yes, the video game, FIFA. With commentators and pundits.— Ollie Davis (@Ollie_Davis) March 22, 2016
Desperate times during International week on Sky Sports, as we're literally shown games of FIFA being played: pic.twitter.com/aHhUkxpiKC— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2016
Put on sky sports and they are talking about 2 guys playing Fifa and David villa commentated, what is going on— Colum Martin (@ColumMartin) March 23, 2016
Sky Sports are showing gameplay of FIFA 16. I think it's time for bed.— alix (@PuIisic) March 22, 2016
Imagine if someone had just woken up from a 3 year coma and they switch on Sky Sports 1 to then see a game of FIFA being broadcasted— Barbara Harris (@zufreerdersbut2) March 23, 2016
It's a pity I didn't Record my game of FIFA against my brother back in 2004. Beat him with 4-2 With Gent. Sky Sports coulda broadcasted it..— Ellison Reed (@Ellison_Reed) March 23, 2016
You know BT have surpassed Sky when they're playing FIFA on Sky Sports— Martial (@MartialTheMan) March 23, 2016
There's actually a FIFA gamers competition on Sky Sports 1 at the moment. What has happened to Sky where has all the real sport gone? #BT— Padraig Amond (@padraigamond21) March 22, 2016
You can actually bet on the live FIFA finals on Sky Sports 1, I've just lumped on the nerdy looking lad https://t.co/4x7AG7PgjP— Nathan Murphy (@nathanmurf) March 22, 2016
For those viewers who managed to embraced the spectacle, they were treated to an incredible final that saw Danish gamer Mohamad Al-Bacha (playing as France) beat England's Sean Allen (playing as Brazil) over two legs - drawing the first 2-2 before coming back from 3-1 down in the second to draw 3-3, winning on away goals.
You can marvel at their FIFA prowess below. Sure, they might not be handy in your five-a-side squad, but you'll be taught a new meaning of the word 'thrashing' if you come up against one of them in an online match.