Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time I’ve felt the need to write about our state broadcaster, you know the one every taxpayer has to fund through a licence fee.
The same broadcaster that is supposed to be fair and impartial in all it’s business, including football. That’s the theory anyway. But the reality is a different story altogether.
BBC Scotland and it’s flagship football programme, Sportscene, exists solely to cater for one demographic in our society, the same demographic that won’t allow the broadcaster’s chief sports reporter or cameras access to it’s stadium. And the same broadcaster that the hordes marched on when they had the temerity to tell the truth about the demise of Rangers Football Club.
Yet, the BBC go out of their way to throw money not only at the new club playing out of Ibrox, but also take great pleasure in employing EBT recipients, Thompson, Rae etc, on both it’s TV and radio shows. The irony of tax payers funding tax dodgers is obviously lost on the British Broadcasting Corporation.
So where does this bias begin?
Well, last weekend saw Hibernian visit Sevco for their first meeting since the Hibees won the Scottish Cup in 2016. On that occasion managing the Hibs team was former Celt Alan Stubbs. As we all remember, the Edinburgh side put to bed a 114 year hoodoo to win the cup by a 3-2 scoreline.
During the game, Stubbs was subjected to customary ‘Fenian b…..’ songbook, from not the minority, but the majority of those wearing red, white and blue. To them, it’s banter. Sectarianism is banter, unless it’s aimed at them.
As expected, the thousands of Hibs fans were delighted to have witnessed such a historic occasion, I mean, who wouldn’t be? And let their exuberance get a wee bit out of hand. For many of the Sevco mob, that was a cue to invade the park and engage in a full scale riot.
You see, over the years, going back as far as the early 1900’s, whenever a team out of Ibrox loses a cup final, they revert to type, violence. It’s their way, you could say it’s in their DNA. They see no wrong in assaulting others, be it physically or verbally. You could say it may well be in their superiority complex. Hence they tell everyone that ‘they are the peepil’.
And such is their ‘grip’, those who head the sports broadcasting at the BBC bow to their every whim. (Maybe they support the club? Well a few of their presenters and pundits do).
Saturday’s game is a prime example. Although they’re not allowed inside, they still show highlights from a steam in a studio. Why? Surely, they should ignore the new club if they don’t want to play by the same rules as the rest of us.
Instead, they make a real play to curry favour with the bigots, by singling out the Hibs manager for ‘special treatment’, as he celebrated his team scoring at the Bigotdome.
- The image above was posted on the BBC Sport website had this: Warning: Some people may consider some scenes to be offensive
Personally, I think that’s offensive to Neil Lennon. He was subjected to 90 minutes of sectarian, religious bile, not unusual for him when he visits there, but nonetheless still shocking. Although you wouldn’t know from the BBC coverage of the game. Muted mics at the ready me thinks.
Lenny cupped his ears in celebration at his team scoring. Yet the very same delinquents who abused the Irishman, reported him to the Police because they ‘were offended’. Really. Get a life. Rightly, the Police have dismissed the claims, but in all honesty should be warning those offended for wasting Police time.
Neil Lennon has once again been made a scapegoat here, by the BBC, whose pundits think being verbally abused for 90 minutes is ‘banter’. How would they feel if every tax payer refused to pay their licence fee, until they grow a set of balls and show some responsibility and stop kow-towing to the Ibrox mob?
You know, just for a laugh…