BBC tricked into broadcasting 'F--- the Tories' message during FA Cup coverage
The BBC was duped into showing a shot of a Wrexham fan holding up a homemade FA Cup which read "f— the Tories".
The broadcaster quickly cut away after realising the message had been scrawled under a flap in the middle of a tinfoil imitation trophy. It is the second time Wrexham have been landed in trouble over the same political slur.
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In October, striker Paul Mullin was banned from wearing his new boots after he posted an image to his 25,000 followers showing they had "f— the Tories" printed on the side.
At the time, the National League promotion chasers had been forced to clarify the club does not have political allegiances. "The club has adopted a neutral position on many matters with a political dimension, and intends to continue to do so going forward," a statement said.
The BBC shot of the message on Sunday came as Wrexham, owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, held Sheffield United to a 3-3 draw. Live footage panned to the crowd in the 27th minute and a fan brandishing a fake FA Cup at the Racecourse Ground lifted a flap in the foil to show the "f— the Tories" sign.
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The broadcaster has been contacted for comment.
Wrexham were denied a victory in stoppage time as John Egan equalised to force a replay. Wrexham co-owner Reynolds had been "moved" by the side's performance in the fourth round, said manager Phil Parkinson.
"Ryan came into the dressing room and he was so proud of what he had seen," Parkinson added. "He was moved by the kind of performance today and he said some great words to the lads. They will remember them for a long time."
Wrexham, the last non-league side in the competition, had fallen behind to an early Oli McBurnie goal and lost two key defenders before they fought back to lead Sheffield United 2-1 early in the second half. Oliver Norwood equalised for the visitors, who then had Daniel Jebbison sent off before Paul Mullin put Wrexham ahead only for Egan to level late on.