BBC issue grovelling apology for showing wrong footballer over rape arrest
THE BBC apologised yesterday after reporting on a soccer ace accused of sexual offences — in front of a picture of an innocent Premier League star.
An image of Raheem Sterling, 27, remained on screen as host Mike Bushell moved on to the unrelated story concerning another Prem star.
He appeared to be stopped by a producer as he told of an unnamed player who had not been suspended, despite being arrested on suspicion of rape.
The picture of Sterling — in the news after his £50million move from Manchester City to Chelsea — then flashed off the screen, the BBC Sport title card returning.
Directed by a producer through his earpiece, Bushell said of the rape story: “We don’t know the team, we don’t know the player.”
BBC News quickly apologised on air.
It said: “Owing to a technical error the wrong picture appeared in connection with the story of a Premier League player arrested over alleged sexual offences.
“A picture of a different and wholly unconnected player was shown. We apologise.”
We revealed last week that a player in his late 20s had been arrested in North London on suspicion of rape before being re-arrested over two more alleged attacks against a different woman.
The star, who is due to play at the World Cup in November, cannot be identified for legal reasons but it is definitely not Sterling.
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