Peter Lawwell’s letter to the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, regarding Sky Television’s “grossly and irresponsibly misleading” sub-titles over Alfredo Morelos words, spoken in Spanish, will hopefully flush out the persons behind the act.
The letter states that the “effect and, [Celtic] believe, purpose of this misrepresentation was to broadcast offensive and incendiary allegations against Celtic Football Club and its supporters.
“Issues of racism and sectarianism are far too important to be manipulated in this way by any broadcaster or third party.”
Sky’s retraction and apology is not sufficient. We would like to know which members of the media are prepared to broadcast untrue “offensive and incendiary allegations” against the club ourselves as fans. It would help confirm long-held suspicions of standards in our media.
My cynicism suggests there will be a fall guy, he will say he acted alone and will take all the blame. For a bung.
None of that will matter come 2pm on Sunday, when we fight for a place in the Scottish Cup quarterfinal. This is cup football, when we are told, “anything can happen”. These days, in Scotland, cup competitions have taken on a prominence seldom known in world football.
Apart from Celtic, no one has won a major trophy of any description since Hibs won the Scottish Cup four years ago. There is a desperation in some places to win a trophy, to look for signs our dominance is slipping.
The same importance is placed on the cups at Celtic. Brendan Rodgers rested players for a Europa League game ahead of a League Cup tie against Hearts. Celtic’s dominance has attributed the League and Scottish Cups a status they both struggled to attain in the decades before, when the league was all. Now, for Celtic, winning everything is our aim, and for the others, winning anything is everything.