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BBC 'negative about Rangers FC'

Rangers FC has withdrawn "all co-operation" with the BBC for the second time this season because of claims of a "negative attitude" towards the club.

The club said it has experienced "repeated difficulties" with the broadcaster and said its reporting regarding the Ibrox side's affairs had in some cases "been neither accurate or fair".

A documentary, to be shown on BBC One at 7pm on Thursday, explores owner Craig Whyte's takeover of Rangers. But in a statement on the club's official website, Rangers described the programme as "little more than a prejudiced muckraking exercise".

The BBC website says the documentary, Rangers - The Inside Story, "investigates the current plight of Rangers FC, and asks what the future might hold under new owner, Craig Whyte".

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League club first withdrew co-operation with the BBC because of a national news report on sectarianism before the opening weekend of the SPL season in July.

However, the BBC apologised for an "inappropriate edit" after Rangers manager Ally McCoist was shown smirking while audio was played of a news reporter questioning him about the behaviour of supporters at Old Firm matches.

McCoist, a former team captain on BBC show A Question Of Sport, said he was "appalled" that his response to another question had been inserted in the feature shown on the News At Six on BBC1 on July 22.

A statement released by Rangers said: "Rangers Football Club is withdrawing all co-operation with the BBC as of today. The decision has been taken due to the repeated difficulties the club has encountered with the BBC this season.

"The club was forced earlier in the season to suspend co-operation with the BBC over its serious misrepresentation of the club manager's position on violence and sectarianism. There have also been other instances where the BBC's reporting on the club's affairs has been neither accurate or fair."

A BBC Scotland spokesman said: "Rangers FC has made a number of assertions in relation to our journalistic standards, including a claim of underlying bias against the club. We completely refute (sic) this allegation in the strongest terms."


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