BBC blames subtitle error for Newcastle United 'scum' slur

The BBC said an "unfortunate error" was to blame for Newcastle United being called "black and white scum" in subtitles broadcast on Match Of The Day 2.

Football writer Paul Brown spotted the gaffe and tweeted a screenshot of the phrase from Sunday night's show.

The author wrote: "MOTD2 subtitler evidently not a Newcastle fan."

Commentator Guy Mowbray was discussing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge's good form against Newcastle, saying he had scored five goals against the black and whites.

But subtitling software misunderstood the word "comma", which had been spoken by the subtitler, known as a "respeaker", and inserted the offensive word "scum" into the text on screen.

Newcastle United players training during the open day at St James' Park, Newcastle. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images
Newcastle United players training during the open day at St James' Park, Newcastle. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

A BBC spokeswoman said: "Our live subtitling service is normally very accurate and makes our content much more accessible, but there are times when unfortunate errors occur.

"On this occasion the error was spotted and corrected immediately."

The Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool ended in a 1-1 draw.


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