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AHEAD OF THE GAME: Sky will READ DOWN the Celtic crowd roar after insulting chants about the Queen

Sky Sports production staff have been ordered to turn down the volume or even turn off individual microphones during Sunday’s live broadcast of Celtic’s Scottish Premiership trip to St Mirren as away fans sing insulting chants about the Queen.

BT Sport were forced to apologize after their camera crews focused an offensive banner during Celtic’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday and Sky staff braced themselves to avoid a repeat.

All broadcasters are bound by Ofcom rules which say they should avoid broadcasting material that could offend viewers and the regulator is understood to have given further advice this week that offensive material is about the Queen falls into this category.

St Mirren confirmed yesterday they will applaud for a minute ahead of tomorrow’s Celtic game, rather than the customary silence seen at almost every other stadium in Britain for fear of mass boos from away fans.

PREMIER LEAGUE PAYS FOR EJECTED CUP REPLAYS

The FA and EFL will seek compensation from the Premier League before they agree to scrap replays of the FA Cup third and fourth rounds in a bid to ease the congestion of games caused by the mass cancellations following the Queen’s death was caused.

Replays of the first rounds of the competition have been canceled in each of the last two seasons due to the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the FA and lower-tier clubs are worried about losing vital box office and television revenue, with foreign broadcasters sure to seek rebates will demand .

FA Cup replays can be a crucial source of income for EFL clubs as they receive a set-up fee if the game is shown live on TV as well as half of the gate receipts, making it a huge cash spinner if stripped to a Premier -League club.

There have not yet been formal talks about dropping cup replays and the dates remain on the calendar, but the FA are likely to come under significant pressure from top-flight clubs to drop them.

IMAGE PERFECT FOR POTTER IN CHELSEA

New Chelsea manager Graham Potter was amused to see a photo of the goalkeeping coach he brought from Brighton, Ben Roberts, on the walls of the Blues’ training ground on his first visit to the club last week.

Roberts can be seen in an action shot taken from his playing days as a goalkeeper at Middlesbrough, although the 47-year-old may not appreciate the image as he is pictured recoiling from a Roberto Di Matteo shot just 43 seconds after Start of FA 1997 being beaten cup final.

Potter will do well to build on Di Matteo’s legendary status among Chelsea fans, which was further strengthened when he led the club to their first Champions League title in history against Bayern Munich in 2012.

Potter will also hope to last longer than the five months the Italian endured after getting the job permanently.

POSTPONED PALACE REMAINS PERPLEXED

Crystal Palace were stunned by the fact that tonight’s game in Brighton will not go ahead despite the rail strike that led to the original postponement being called off after the Queen’s death.

The club had initially assumed the game would go ahead after the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) canceled industrial action planned for this weekend, but were later told Sussex Police lacked the resources to maintain order at the Amex Stadium.

Palace have an uncomfortable history with Sussex Police, who were forced into an embarrassing relegation in 2017 when they apologized for making false claims about the club’s supporters attempting to enter Brightons armed with “knives and brass knuckles”. to force terrain.

The request for the original postponement was made by Brighton, whose case was accepted by the Premier League Board even though the rail strike was due to take place the day before the game.

Brighton had argued fans would find it difficult to travel to the match with restricted trains being in the wrong place following the strike.

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