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BBC News has apologized to viewers after the words ‘Manchester United are rubbish’ appeared on its rolling news ticker for a few seconds on Tuesday morning on 24 May.


BBC news uses the news sticker to keep viewers updated with the breaking news on their 24-hour news channel.


Viewers of the channel noticed during its morning sports bulletin the ticker read: ‘Manchester United are rubbish’.


BBC has apologized for the gaffe and a TV presenter addressed the issue on-screen. They said that they had not planned to offend Man U fans. The media house said that the gaffe was caused by a ‘trainee’.



‘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,’ the presenter said.




‘I hope that Manchester United fans weren’t offended by it, let me just explain what was happening.’



‘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.


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‘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.’


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