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”.”

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Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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…


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