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BBC issues another grovelling apology

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Sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word over at the BBC. The Corporation has had to issue another grovelling apology – after a BBC reporter asked Morocco’s captain Ghizlane Chebbak whether any of the Women’s World Cup Squad are lesbians.

In Morocco, it is illegal to have a gay relationship. Do you have any gay players in your squad and what’s life like for them in Morocco?

Same-sex sexual activity is punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment in Morocco, which is the first Arab nation to quality for the Women’s World Cup. A Fifa official intervened following the question: ‘Sorry, this is a very political question so we will just stick to questions relating to football’. Some sense from them for once, then.

The BBC has since said that ‘we recognise that the question was inappropriate. We had no intention to cause any harm or distress’…

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