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24th May 2022

BBC apologise after accidentally posting mocking Man United message live on TV

Callum Boyle

Even the BBC are getting in on the act.

By now it’s a well-known fact that Manchester United are not very good at football. They are, without a doubt, firmly in the grips of what feels like a never-ending banter era.

Everywhere you go people want to laugh at just how shockingly bad they’ve become. Including, it seems, the BBC.

During their morning bulletin on Tuesday, BBC News reminded United fans – and anyone, for that matter – that these are undeniably bleak times for the Red Devils.

Eagle-eyed viewers will notice the ticker on the video below, designed to provide different headlines for all the major stories going on at that time.

However, on this occasion, one of their key headlines simply stated: “Manchester United are rubbish.”

The BBC later offered a brief apology, explaining that the error had occurred when a trainee, on their first day of work, had inadvertently posted the message to millions of viewers while trying to get to grips with how the ticker worked. Oops.

They said: “A little earlier some of you may have noticed something unusual on the ticker that runs along the bottom of the screen with news making a comment about Manchester United.

“I hope Manchester United fans weren’t offended by it. Someone was training to learn how to use the ticket and to put text on the ticker, so they were just writing random things, not in earnest.

“That comment appeared so apologies if you saw that and you were offended and are a fan of Manchester United, but certainly that was a mistake and wasn’t meant to appear on the screen.”

Whoever that trainee was, fair play.

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