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Soccer club plot red card for Beeb.


SOCCER fans are planning a "pitch invasion" of BBC's Question Time after being barred from the audience.

A clash between Beeb bosses and League of Wales champions Total Network Solutions FC will be played out in Caernarfon, north Wales, where the debating show is filmed tonight.

Players and staff will stage a demonstration as the show is filmed after they were refused camera time by programme bosses.

The club are angry at being denied the chance to ask why the BBC does not broadcast League of Wales' results on Grandstand.

They say Welsh teams are being discriminated against because the results of lower Scottish leagues and the English Conference are read out.

The team are backed by the Commission for Racial Equality.

TNSFC, based in the tiny village of Llansantffraid, first hit out because half the team live in nearby Oswestry on the English/Welsh border and cannot tune into BBC Wales.

Spokeswoman Heather Leigh said the club had been told the question they wanted to pose was "not relevant".

She added: "We'll stage a "pitch invasion" outside the Question Time studio because we believe Welsh sport is being discriminated against."

The BBC insist there is not enough time to read out the extra nine League of Wales results.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 15, 2001
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