By Chris Wright
“Oi ref, you flippin’ pudding! Something awry with your eye-sight or something, you big bloomin’ wally britches?”
…and other such coarse language to that effect saw the BBC forced into delaying the broadcast of Saturday’s SPL game between Ross County and St Mirren by five hours after it was deemed unsuitable to go out before the watershed.
Due to the relentless offensive language being picked up on the pitch-side microphones from the crowd, the live broadcast of the game (which kicked off at 5:30pm) was taken off air by BBC ALBA (the Beeb’s Gaelic language channel), who then cleaned up the audio as much as possible before restarting the broadcast at 10:55pm.
A spokeswoman for the BBC insisted that the channel had no other choice as, “in compliance with the rules set by Ofcom, no programme that carries offensive language can be broadcast pre-watershed”.
Seeing as though there was only around 3,000 supporters in attendance at the Global Energy Stadium (or Victoria Park for the traditionalists out there) for the game, that’s no mean feat!