BBC apologizes after ‘Manchester United are rubbish’ on screen


The BBC has issued an apology after a message appeared on the news channel saying ‘Manchester United are crap’.

The text erroneously appeared on the ticker at the bottom of the screen during a tennis update just after 9.30am on Tuesday.

Later that morning, presenter Annita Mcveigh apologized to any Manchester United fans who may have been offended.

She said the mistake happened while someone was learning how to operate the ticker and was “writing things down randomly”.

Another message that appeared on the ticker simply read: “Weather is raining everywhere.”

Mcveigh told viewers: “Earlier some of you may have noticed something quite unusual on the ticker that runs along the bottom of the screen with news commenting on Manchester United, and I hope Manchester United fans weren’t offended by this.

“Let me explain what was going on: behind the scenes someone was training to learn how to use the ticker and how to put text on the ticker so they were just writing random things not seriously and that comment is appeared.

“So excuse me if you saw this and you were offended and you are a Manchester United fan.

“But it was definitely a mistake and it wasn’t supposed to show up on screen. So that’s what happened, we just thought we’d better explain it to you.”

An official statement from the BBC added: “There was a technical issue during training with our test ticker, which switched to live programming for a few seconds.

“We apologized for any offense caused on air.”

BBC presenter and Manchester City fan Clive Myrie tweeted he “had nothing to do with it!!” with the hashtag MCFC, after City won the Premier League title on Sunday.

Manchester United have struggled to meet their standards in recent seasons and missed out on a Champions League place, finishing sixth in the table. Their new manager and former Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is United’s fifth permanent boss since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.