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TV broadcast of Scottish Premier League match pushed to late night due to fans swearing too much

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The BBC was unable to broadcast Saturday's Scottish Premier League match between Ross County and St. Mirren live due to the amount of audible swearing coming from the stands. Though the odd swear word from fans or players accidentally picked up by microphones isn't uncommon at any sporting event, the 3,000 supporters in attendance at Victoria Park were loud and vulgar enough to get the broadcast on BBC Alba pushed back to 11 p.m. Annoying for fans watching at home, but kind of impressive for those in attendance.

From the Guardian:

The premiership match at the Ross County ground in Dingwall was due for broadcast as live immediately after the match at 5.30pm on BBC Alba, the Gaelic language channel.

When it was discovered just how much swearing could clearly be heard, transmission was delayed by more than five hours to clean up the recording. [...]

A BBC spokeswoman said the channel had no choice but to delay the broadcast, "in compliance with the rules set by Ofcom, where no programme that carries offensive language can be broadcast pre-watershed".

Ross County won the match 2-1, but both managers were sent off after arguing with each other over a clash of heads between Melvin De Leeuw and Jim Goodwin (video above). Goodwin exited the match in the 85th minute with a large bump on his head.

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