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BBC Wales are unlikely to face any sanctions following an incident on its flagship news programme. A number of complaints have been made to the corporation after a Scottish rugby fan exposed himself during a live broadcast on Wales Today from Glynneath Rugby Club.

But a BBC Wales spokesman last night said they did not expect to face any criminal charges over the issue.

He also said he would be "surprised" if there were any further sanctions from the BBC Trust because it happened during a live broadcast and was beyond their control.

Around 50 viewers are reported to have complained to the BBC since Friday night.

A South Wales Police spokesman said investigations were ongoing after they had received a small number of complaints but he added that the BBC was unlikely to be charged with any wrongdoing.

The player at the centre of the incident has been revealed as forward Keith Davies. He was recently a pallbearer at the funeral of legendary Scottish commentator Bill McClaren. Davies plays for Scottish club side Hawick RFC, a former club of McLaren, who were in Wales for Saturday's international. Hawick RFC vice president Alister Pow insisted Davies was "a great lad really".

He said: "He was a pall bearer at Bill McLaren's funeral.

"The bottom line is he is a really good lad and we think the world of him at Hawick Rugby Club. He is a really good, conscientious club man. That was just the drink talking.

"I was a great friend of Bill and it was my idea we use pallbearers from the club and Keith was selected as one of them.

"Bill would have just laughed his socks off at this. He would have said, 'It's cold on the streets of Glynneath tonight!'"


GREAT LAD: Keith Davies
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 15, 2010
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