CELTIC have asked Sky Sports to conduct an investigation into an interview broadcast yesterday which accused Celtic supporters of racist behaviour.
Translations provided to the champions have shown inconsistencies between the words spoken during the interview broadcast and the subtitles presented by Sky Sports.
The broadcaster has since pulled the interview, as CQN reported.
In particular, and most concerning, while the satellite giants used the following subtitle on screen: “Afterwards it was very frustrating to hear the crowd screaming at me. They were saying offensive and racist words.”
The player did NOT use these words anywhere within the extended interview which was broadcast across Sky’s platforms.
The Parkhead club have asked Sky Sports to clarify their position on this matter.
They say: “Celtic, a club open to all since its inception, abhors racism. Our consistent stance is that wherever racism exists it should be tackled head on. Celtic will always investigate any report of racist behaviour and take appropriate action. This is a standard which all clubs should meet.
“Celtic needs no encouragement to pursue racism, particularly as players and management at the club have suffered abuse persistently over the years. The seriousness of such cases has been confirmed with the prosecution and criminal convictions of some of the perpetrators.
“Celtic is proud of the wonderful reputation earned by its supporters over many years in many countries and at home. The club owes it to them to act in a responsible, dignified and professional manner and to treat racism with the seriousness it deserves.”
Morelos made comments after being red-carded in his side’s 2-1 win – the Ibrox side’s first victory in the east end of Glasgow in nine years – when he made a ‘slit-throat’ gesture to Hoops supporters.
It was claimed afterwards by Ibrox sources this was merely to indicate to the fans that the game was over.
The Colombian striker, who has never scored against the champions, was sent packing following a blatant dive in the penalty box in the fading moments of the game.
He had earlier been booked for a foul on skipper Scott Brown.
It was revealed much later referee Kevin Clancy had administered a third yellow card to Morelos for his actions as he came off the pitch.