BT admit '˜adjusting settings' to turn down Celtic fans' IRA chants

BT Sport has admitted adjusting the volume during Celtic's 4-1 win over Hamilton Academical to quieten pro-IRA chants by fans.

Pro-IRA chants could be heard during Celtic's 4-1 defeat of Hamilton Academical. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

Merry Ploughboy could be heard from the away support at the SuperSeal Stadium on Friday evening with a noticeable drop in volume for those watching at home, prompting viewers to take to social media to query the sound change.

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The Irish folk song includes lyrics about going off to join the IRA.

The broadcaster confirmed the decision to “adjust microphone settings” so viewers would not be offended.

A spokesman said: “Inappropriate behaviour by fans at live sporting events has potential to cause offence.

“We try to prevent this across all live broadcasts by, for example, adjusting microphone settings.”