BBC News has apologised after ‘Man United are rubbish’ appeared on screen during a live broadcast.
The broadcaster has claimed that the message popped up during the morning sports bulletin due to a ‘trainee fault’.
Addressing the slip-up, a presenter said: “Just while we’re on the subject of football, a little earlier, some of you may have noticed something pretty unusual on the ticker, that runs along the bottom of the screen with news, making a comment about Manchester United.
Errrr… what is going on with the BBC News ticker? pic.twitter.com/fofbiGyMfs
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“I hope that Manchester United fans weren’t offended by it, let me just explain what was happening.”
She continued: “Behind the scenes, someone was training how to use the ticker and how to put text on the ticker. They were just writing random things, not in earnest, that comment appeared.
“So apologies if you saw that and you were offended and you are a fan of Manchester United.
“But certainly, that was a mistake and it wasn’t meant to be on the screen, that was what happened. We just thought we better explain that to you.”
Fortunately, viewers appeared to see the funny side and took to Twitter, with one writing: “Haha. I have, they’re not wrong but the back story is very funny. Poor new person.”
A second added: “As a United fan I’d like to say I’m pleased to see the BBC accurately and impartially reporting the news for once.
“Shame they redacted it, can’t have them being caught telling the truth.”
“I’m a United fan and it gave me a good laugh,” remarked a third. “We have indeed been rubbish, BBC News.”
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