Celtic have issued a scathing response to Sky Sports‘ interview with Alfredo Morelos in which – it has now become clear – the interpretation was incorrect and not what the Rangers forward actually said.
In a bizarre episode which has done little to benefit Scottish football as a whole, the broadcaster has had to withdraw the interview from their website pending an investigation into the affair:
“We are aware of concerns raised about the content of the interview with Alfredo Morelos, while we are checking those we have removed the material from all our platforms.”
Celtic went on the offensive claiming that what Morelos actually said and what was being reported were vastly different and criticised Sky for their handling of the interview:
“Celtic Football Club has today asked Sky Sports to conduct an investigation into an interview broadcast yesterday, which accused Celtic supporters of racist behaviour.”
“Translations provided to Celtic Football Club have shown inconsistencies between the words spoken during the interview broadcast and the subtitles used by Sky Sports.”
An article in The Daily Record is reporting that Sky Sports are – bizarrely – distancing themselves from the translation despite it appearing on their network and the interview being arranged between them and the player’s agent with Rangers having no involvement in the process other than making Morelos available.
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Celtic fans are rightly concerned that a company so heavily involved in Scottish football has published such an inaccurate reflection of their fans actions and are glad to here the club taking such immediate and decisive action.
Brilliant statement. Intae them
— Paul (@P__67) February 4, 2020
We’ll await the SPFL statement with interest, they must have something to say about a major broadcasting partner attempting to mislead their viewers with a fabricated racism accusation. Surely….
— mikk67 (@mikk67) February 4, 2020
Well in a statement I’m assuming the majority will be behind 🍀 pic.twitter.com/wn0KtshEih
— Danny (@DannyMax1888) February 4, 2020
About time 🍀 pic.twitter.com/ctKVKZwI64
— 🍀The Retro Celtic🍀 (@RetroCeltic) February 4, 2020
— Paul (@wyndbhoy) February 4, 2020
Looks like they put as much effort into translation as they do Scottish football production #pathetic
— MoRodgers (@MoRodgers4) February 4, 2020
This story will continue to run and – should – be relatively easy to establish what the facts really are, worryingly, the agenda behind the misinterpretation may never be fully established.