Celtic released a short statement on the official club website today, notifying supporters that newspaper The Herald had apologised for a ‘serious misrepresentation’ of action the club had taken.
The apology in full read, as quoted by CelticFC.net: “On our front page promotion for a column on Saturday, we stated ‘Celtic cutting non-playing staff’s money shows how far football has lost its soul’.
“We are happy to clarify that Celtic have not cut any non-playing staff’s money. All staff on the Government’s job retention scheme are having their salaries paid in full by Celtic. We apologise to Celtic for our error.”
A column in the paper on Saturday written by Kevin McKenna severely criticised the club for taking part in the government job retention scheme that sees authorities pay 80% of a furloughed employees wage.
Clearly, for Celtic, the headline on the front page had gone a step beyond with the suggestion that non-playing staff at the club could be out of pocket during the ongoing public health crisis.
It had already been made clear by a spokesperson that the club would be making up the remaining 20% of employees’ salaries if they had to be furloughed.
Misrepresenting the club’s approach to all this is clearly unacceptable, so it’s quite right there should be an apology.
Fans we left frustrated with The Herald’s reporting, feeling the club should take other outlets to task when reporting falls short and unnecessarily paints Celtic in a bad light.
These supporters have taken to Twitter today to share their thoughts on it all…
All they had to do was read this twitter account. Where is clearly stated that the Club would pay the remaining 20% so that no employee was out of pocket. Time to ban all SMSM and communicate solely via Club outlets.
— 𝙎𝘾𝙊𝙏𝙏𝙔 𝙂 (@7govscott) April 6, 2020
— Aidan Hardie (@Aidan_Hardie) April 6, 2020
The damage is already done .
— paddy garscadden (@Garscadden0) April 6, 2020
Go after the rest now
— Chris (@ChrisTopHat1888) April 6, 2020
Ban them when football resumes, this is constantly happening and the rags take great pleasure in printing misinformation about the club. Time to starting striking back and close the door on them.
— GerryBhoy (@retrobotik) April 6, 2020
That’s all fine & dandy but can the journalists / publishers who repeatedly post balderdash like this be given say a 2 match ban?
Increase the bans if they keep it up.
— Steven 1888 (@1888steven) April 6, 2020
Have they investigated every Scottish Club the same way they did Celtic or is it smear Celtic at every opportunity.
— Robbie Linden (@RobbieLinden2) April 6, 2020
How many apologies to we need before we start banning some papers from the stadium
— Leftwing Badges (@Leftwingbadges) April 6, 2020