Sky Sports have received some heavy criticism after the sports broadcaster appeared to significantly backtrack on a report regarding Celtic’s Moussa Dembele.
On Christmas morning, Sky Sports broke a massive story for Scottish football as they announced that Celtic had agreed a fee with Brighton and Hove Albion for French U21 international, Moussa Dembele.
Breaking… Celtic accept bid from Brighton for striker Moussa Dembélé. Two clubs have reached agreement on transfer fee of £18 million
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) December 25, 2017
The story was initially published on the Sky Sports website under the headline ‘Brighton have Moussa Dembele bid accepted by Celtic’. However, hours after the story went live, a BBC reporter dismissed it as ‘nonsense’ with both clubs apparently denying there was any truth to the report.
#Celtic source tells me suggestion club has accepted £18m bid for Dembele is “nonsense.”
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) December 25, 2017
Shortly thereafter, the story was deleted and subsequently entirely reimagined on the Sky Sports website with the headline changing to ‘Celtic and Brighton hold talks over Moussa Dembele transfer’.
Although Brighton are apparently very much interested in the Celtic forward, it now appears as if the report claiming that a bid had been accepted for the 21-year-old was very premature and Sky have been receiving a significant backlash online.
No correction or apology from Sky Sports over inaccurate Dembele story – just deleting the tweet and pretending it didn’t happen. I’m sure Brighton are happy SSN now acting as a willing PR agency in a bid to unsettle the player and make a move more likely.
— Aidan Kerr ??? (@AidanKerrTweets) December 25, 2017
When Sky removes the Dembele story from their website pic.twitter.com/YgGI2Jghuo
— Lewis (@lewishyam14) December 25, 2017
Sky have deleted their article on Moussa Dembélé to Brighton.
If they lied to increase betting on it, on Christmas Day, they’re actually a disgrace.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas to everyone apart from Huns and Sky Sports for making a fake Dembele story to make money from betting on Christmas Day, bastards.
— Hamez (@SinclairFlair) December 25, 2017
— Gerard Donaghy (@Gerard_Donaghy) December 25, 2017