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More blankety-blank in the papers
[12 April 2012] There was a good story in BBC1’s ‘Sexism in Football’ documentary recently, which one of the papers reported with a supposedly offensive term blanked out (we've argued that newspapers should print the actual words spoken).
One evening the comely and knowledgeable presenter Gabby Logan was covering a Manchester United match alongside one of the club’s former greats, Bobby Charlton. On seeing Logan through the window of the presenters’ box, a lumpen group of fans started chanting, as the Daily Telegraph reports, ‘Get your t--s out for the lads!’
Feeling embarrassed for his co-presenter, the noble Charlton stood up, turned to the window, and lifted up his top to the 'lads'.
To show such presence of mind must eclipse even some of the World Cup winner’s greatest moments on the field of play. [MC]