BBC NI denies sectarian swearing over Newsline’s Super Cup report after social media outcry
BBC Northern Ireland has denied that there were swear words in its flagship news program after the social media outcry where users claimed Chelsea fans used bigoted swear words.
Wednesday’s BBC Newsline report on BBC One included a report on the arrival of football fans Chelsea and Villarreal in Belfast for the UEFA Super Cup final at Windsor Park.
The clip used in the report included footage of Chelsea football fans singing “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, a tune long claimed by football fans in Northern Ireland as their own.
Social media users were convinced football fans had used a sectarian chant referring to the Pope during the song, but a BBC spokesperson said they were “confident” that was not the case .
A BBC spokesperson said: “We are satisfied that there was no sound of swearing in our program tonight. However, we accept the fact that we cannot be sure of everyone’s intentions. in the video and for that reason we will no longer be showing the clip. ”
A video on Twitter sharing the clip has been retweeted hundreds of times with social media users expressing their displeasure.
“Sweet Caroline” has often been used by Northern Ireland football fans as an unofficial anthem, but it has also been appropriated by English fans. The song last sounded at Wembley as fans celebrated England’s victory in the Euro 2020 semi-final.
Elsewhere, Chelsea fans were led to the game at Windsor Park by a loyalist flute group.
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