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Rangers McCoist receives his BBC apology

An apology from the BBC has been welcomed by Rangers boss Ally McCoist. McCoist was shown smirking on Friday while audio was played of a news reporter questioning him about the behaviour of supporters at Old Firm matches.

A club statement read: "Rangers manager Ally McCoist has today received an apology from the BBC following what the club feels was totally unacceptable reporting on BBC national news, the BBC website and Radio Five Live last Friday.

"A written apology has been sent to the manager. It will be posted on the BBC News website and an on-air apology will be read out on BBC Sportsound at 7pm this evening."

The BBC accepted that the editing of the piece was inappropriate.

A statement from the BBC read: "Overall we stand by the merits of our report revealing the extent of violence after Old Firm derbies and the cost of policing these matches.

"However, we do accept that the sequence involving comments from Rangers' manager Alistair McCoist could have given the impression that he did not take the issue seriously.

"It was not our intention to misrepresent Mr McCoist.

"The BBC accepts that Rangers Football Club and Alistair McCoist treat the issue of violence and disorder surrounding football matches as a very serious matter.

"We accept that offence has been caused by an inappropriate edit in the piece as transmitted and for that we apologise."

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