Foul-mouthed Gooners thwart BT broadcasts

Arsenal fans swearing on BT Sport

In rather hilarious news, BT Sport have had to cancel their plans to broadcast from outside grounds after games, following a rebuke from the media regulator, Ofcom.

After Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup this season, BT thought it would be a good idea to present their post-match reaction from a platform outside the ground.

Presenter Jake Humphrey was joined by Jens Lehmann and Steve McManaman, and was forced to apologise after Arsenal fans adapted the Per Mertesacker song for the former goalkeeper as he too was a German of impressive size.

Ofcom said that such language was “a clear example of the most offensive language being broadcast before the watershed”, while BT responded by saying the presenter had acknowledged the swearing “at the first opportunity.”

It was the second such incident involving BT Sport who, although trying to do something different, were clearly stupid to think that being outside a studio or pitch-side environment would be anything other than a recipe for disaster.

Naturally, this blog takes a very dim view of swearing. It’s not big and it’s not clever and … pfff … sorry … can’t keep a straight face.

However, in more worrying news, it appears as if Ofcom have allowed BT to get away with aural torture of viewers on a weekly basis as there has been no mention of sanctions over the continued use of Michael Owen.


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