Fake Subtitles Latest – Sky Sports Escape Ofcom Investigation on a technicality

SKY SPORTS will NOT face a full investigation from Ofcom after their fake news translation of the recent Alfredo Morelos interview, according to Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan.

“Sky Sports have escaped a full investigation by broadcast regulator Ofcom into a Celtic complaint concerning a mistranslated interview with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos,” McGowan tweeted.

McGowan reports: An Ofcom spokesperson said: ‘We considered complaints about incorrect English subtitles in an interview on Sky Sports News.’

As the section of the interview with the incorrect translation was shown only on Sky’s website and on-demand platforms and not on its broadcast television channel, we have no grounds to pursue this matter under the Broadcasting Code.’

Celtic refused to cooperate with Sky Sports for a week or so but resumed normal service for their live broadcast at Pittodrie last weekend, indicating that they would wait until they had a response from Ofcom. Now due to what appears to be a technicality, Sky Sports will NOT be investigated by Ofcom.

However that should not be the end of the matter and the ball is now in Peter Lawwell’s court to respond to today’s news.

The Celtic support was wrongly accused of directing racist abuse at Morelos on 29 December in the Glasgow Derby. This claim was repeated in the fake subtitles but the words were never spoken by the Spanish speaking Colombian striker. It took a day or so for the Alicante CSC to provide a full translation and the fake news row that followed was deeply embarrassing for the broadcaster.

Celtic released a two statements and seemed determined to get to the bottom of who was it who defamed the club and the support in those fake news subtitles.

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