Some Celtic fans are delighted after the club released a statement outlining its complaint to OFCOM about a broadcasting error from Sky Sports.
Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has taken issue with a translation of an interview with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos which suggested he had been the subject of racist abuse at Celtic Park.
Through no fault of the player, his words were misconstrued and published inaccurately by the broadcaster, who have since apologised for the incident.
For Celtic though the apology from Sky Sports hasn’t gone far enough with the Scottish champions now taking the matter further and looking for clarification on who provided the translation.
As published by Celtic, Lawwell’s letter to OFCOM begins: “On behalf of Celtic Football Club, I wish to lodge an official complaint in respect of an interview with the footballer, Alfredo Morelos, which was broadcast on all Sky platforms on Monday 3 February.
“Mr Morelos spoke in Spanish and sub-titles were provided. It is our contention that the presentation of this interview was grossly and irresponsibly misleading due to the wildly inaccurate and tendentious translation which was provided in the sub-titles.
“The effect and, we believe, purpose of this misrepresentation was to broadcast offensive and incendiary allegations against Celtic Football Club and its supporters, by attempting to attribute these – quite unfairly – to Mr Morelos. It is difficult to think of a more irresponsible piece of “sporting journalism”.”
The letter then goes on to list a series of questions they wish OFCOM to investigate, also detailing why the club thinks it is important that this investigation occurs.
It’s a robust statement and letter that really gets to the heart of the issue and how it relates to Celtic.
For some fans, it’s the kind of defence of supporters they’d like to see more often from the decision-makers at Celtic Park.
Accusations of racism are extremely serious and reporting of such matters has to be as responsible and accurate as possible.
What has happened to Morelos is unfair in this scenario and the club is right to seek clarification about what occurred, for everyone’s benefit.
No doubt the club will soon update fans further on the status of any investigation that occurs.
These fans have taken to Twitter today to share their backing for Lawwell’s message…
Now you’re talking 👍🏻🍀🍀🍀
— Paul (@SubbuteoCelt) February 6, 2020
Excellent to see the club is not backing down on this! The clear prejudices made against the club & supporters has gone on long enough & Sky’s feeble statement is ignorant & didn’t adequately address the issue! It’s not over!
— Alan White (@alanwhite1888) February 6, 2020
Excellent Celtic, standing up for us all 💚
The lack of broadcast apology or even mentioning our statement is quite shocking and perhaps telling ! Don’t let this lie please 🍀
— Neil (@NRKBhoy) February 6, 2020
At last. About time Celtic got into that lot. From ex-Celtic players ripping into the club unfairly and ex-ibrox types being clearly biased, Celtic clearly have been a target for a long time.
Any Celtic fan who subscribes to Sky is off their head.
— Eddie van Coupon (@coupon_eddie) February 6, 2020
Taking no prisoners Celtic, things you love to see 🍀
— Danny (@DannyMax1888) February 6, 2020
Great to see that the improved performance of the club is not only on the pitch. That is tremendous
— Stephen Craig (@craggy_inland) February 6, 2020
Excellent statement. A line was crossed. Go get them Celtic.👊
— Bon Scott (@BonScott_1) February 6, 2020
Finally we have grew a set and I’m off to cancel sky 👍
— Paul the tim (@paulthetim) February 6, 2020