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17th Sep 2022

Sky Sports ‘to turn down Celtic crowd noise’ in case of offensive Queen chants

Simon Lloyd

BT Sport made an apology for their coverage of Celtic’s Champions League game in midweek

Sky Sports have reportedly instructed production staff to lower sound levels during their coverage of Celtic’s visit to St Mirren if supporters choose to sing offensive songs about the Queen.

Ange Postecoglou’s side travel to St Mirren Park for a midday kickoff on Sunday. According to the Daily Mail, Sky are keen to avoid controversy and have told their production team to be prepared to reduce audio levels from the away end and, if necessary, turn off individual microphones.

The same report highlights that broadcasters must adhere to Ofcom regulations which state they must not televise offensive material. Ofcom are also said to have made it known this week that anything which insults the Queen would fall into this bracket.

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Celtic faced Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League group game in Warsaw in midweek, with supporters unfurling offensive banners about the Queen following her death the previous week. BT Sport, who broadcast the game in the UK, apologised after the banners briefly appeared on screen.

UEFA have since opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish Premiership champions, though have chosen not to do so against their Old Firm rivals Rangers, who defied UEFA by playing God Save The King before their home game with Napoli on the same night.

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