BBC retracts its claims that a football player was raped.

Updated: Jul 19

The announcer displayed the erroneous football star's picture.

When airing a piece about a still-unnamed Premier League player who has been arrested for alleged sexual offenses, BBC News accidentally aired an image of Chelsea and England star Raheem Sterling. As a result, the news organization was obliged to apologize live on air.


When presenter Mike Bushell provided an update on the arrest on Thursday morning, the image of Sterling, which had previously been featured on a report on his recent transfer from Manchester City to Chelsea, was once more visible in the background.


Later, a coworker of Bushell's said that the confusion was caused by a "technical glitch" and emphasized that Sterling is "wholly unconnected" to the claims.


"Due to a technical error, the wrong photo appeared in connection with news about a Premier League player arrested for alleged sexual offenses earlier in our sports bulletin," it was said.


"A photo of a completely unrelated and different player appeared. We regret making that error."


About the anonymous footballer who was detained in north London on July 4 as a result of rape claims brought by a lady in her 20s last month, BBC News said that they would repeat the apology in the channel's subsequent sports program.


Afterward, the man was detained once more amid new charges that he had raped a different woman in April and June of last year.


The 29-year-old athlete is out on bail until August and contests the charges.


In addition, his unnamed club reiterated on Wednesday that it has no plans to suspend him.


The club told The Athletic, "We are aware of the claims, which are the focus of an ongoing police investigation.


"We can affirm that the footballer, who is free on bail while police investigate the claims, denies them.


"There have been no accusations brought, and the athlete is free to carry out his contractual obligations, including authorized travel."


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