BT Sport issues a warning to Rangers that they cannot choose experts after Celtic legend Chris Sutton was DENIED entry to Ibrox AGAIN ahead of the Sparta Prague Europa League clash
BT Sport has warned the Rangers that they will not allow the club to select its experts after Chris Sutton was again denied entry to Ibrox.
The former Parkhead forward was to be part of the broadcaster’s coverage of the Europa League double-game with Bayer Leverkusen against Celtic and Rangers against Sparta Prague.
Sutton and his former teammate Neil Lennon were denied entry to the Rangers’ game with Lyon in September for “security” reasons.
The Rangers again refused to allow Chris Sutton to enter Ibrox, prompting a backlash from BT Sport.
And when the Rangers denied him accreditation to English again Thursday night, BT Sport abandoned their plans to broadcast from Ibrox and set up a studio in an empty Celtic Park.
Before the Celtic game in Germany, BT sport Host Darrell Currie read a prepared statement outlining the company’s point of view, featuring Sutton as the ‘elephant in the room’.
Sutton came to Ibrox to provide an expert on the broadcast of the Rangers’ matchup with Sparta Prague.
He said: ‘We have a presentation team that reflects all angles and experiences in Scottish football, but not all of them received the necessary accreditation at Ibrox today.
‘We will not be forced to divide a team behind and in front of the screen. The only way to give viewers continuity of coverage in tonight’s two games, with Celtic and Rangers, was to set up a studio elsewhere.
“We decided with Celtic playing first that we would come to Celtic Park and Chris Sutton and Stilian Petrov will join us.”