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BBC “Censor” Green & Gold?

Submitted by on February 7, 2010 – 3:25 pmNo Comment

Whilst on my way back from Nantwich yesterday, several United fans on 606 talked about the Old Trafford crowd getting behind the team until the game was in no doubt before then spending the remainder of yesterday’s win over Portsmouth twirling their green and gold scarves whilst singing singing anti-Glazer songs, so naturally I was keen to see how this was represented on Match of the Day last night.

However, I was surprised when the highlights were cut short not long after the own goal which made it 5-0 to United, with no mention or sight of a protest. Was it deliberately left unshown?, I thought at the time. And then went to bed and slept very well regardless.

One United fans’ website – strettyender.com –  clearly believes that this was censored by the BBC and posted the following this morning:

The anti Glazer feeling was at fever pitch yesterday as Manchester United took on Portsmouth on the 52nd anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

On the pitch, United thrashed the hapless strugglers 5-0, but it was in the stands where the fans did us proud.

For the entire 90 minutes chants of “LOVE UNITED HATE GLAZER” and “WE WANT GLAZER OUT” were sung by dedicated fans waving their green and gold scarves in protest at the spiralling debts the Glazers have placed on the club.

Yet anyone watching Match of the Day last night wouldn’t have heard this at all.

Sky’s Football First program showed highlights of the match and you could hear the chants loud and clear and they showed images of the fans waving their green and gold scarves. But the Match of the Day highlights appeared to be completely edited to get rid of all traces of the protests. There were no audible chants and no visible green and gold scarves.

An institution such as the BBC, paid for by the fans (TV licence holders), is supposed to be 100% neutral and this act of censorship is a blatant contradiction of everything the BBC claims to represent.

They might be able to censor us on Match of the Day, but they won’t be able to censor us at Wembley in 3 weeks time for the Carling Cup final against Villa. So bring your green and gold scarves, t-shirts, hats and flags and be sure to make your voice heard.

You can also make yourself heard by complaining about the censorship at the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/

I’m struggling with the idea of the BBC pushing MOTD producers for more shots of anti-Glazer songs, given that most of them seem to imply that it would be nice to see the man die. Points of View would certainly be worth a look if they did, mind.

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