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Saturday, March 31, 2012

BBC Sport website. An apology. Sort of.

A couple of weeks ago I complained about the BBC Sport website inability to recognise, acknowledge or even  mention England's seventh Grand Slam on the day it happened. Yes - they had done a nice preview (well, BBC News Channel had and website copied it) but for a report on the actual outcome of the game we had to wait until the next day. And then it was basically just a reprint of the RFUW's press release. Publishing the result of such an historic event some 18 hours afterwards does rather bely the idea that the internet is where you get the latest news! Indeed, given 18 hours, "olds" might be a better word...

Overall I may have given the impression at the time that I thought that the BBC Sport website incompetence at this time was because they had something against women's rugby. I must now apologise unreservedly for that because events today show I am wrong.

For today England Women's football team (you know - the weird game where they run round kicking the ball) played an important European Championship qualifier away in Croatia. And won. 6-0. Away. Remind me - when did an England men's team last manage that?

Anyway - although the game finished some time ago - the BBC Sport website have also, thus far, failed to acknowledge the result. At all. Nice preview again (reprint of an FA press release though, I think), but no result.

So, as I say, I apologise for giving the impression that the BBC Sport website was biased against women's rugby. Its not. Its biased against all women's sport.

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