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By ESPN Staff

Rangers seeking BBC apology

Rangers are awaiting an apology before allowing access to the BBC after manager Ally McCoist was ''appalled'' by the editing of his media conference on Friday.

McCoist believes a clip of him smirking was inserted while the audio played a BBC news reporter asking questions about the behaviour of supporters at Old Firm games.

The feature, taken from Rangers' pre-match media conference ahead of their Premier League opener against Hearts, appeared on News at Six on BBC1 on Friday evening.

McCoist did not give his normal interviews to the BBC, who are rights holders for the SPL, before or after the 1-1 draw with Hearts on Saturday and a BBC reporter's microphone was removed from the post-match press conference.

No BBC reporter was present at the club's media conference on Monday as McCoist previewed the Champions League qualifier against Malmo.

McCoist told reporters: ''I won't speak to anyone from the BBC until I get an apology for their broadcast last Friday night which, in my opinion, was appalling.

''Having worked in television for a number of years I know exactly what went on. I can handle leftfield questions all day long, that wasn't the problem. It was how the whole interview was put across.

''While they asked the question, they showed a shot of me when I'd just answered another question. The whole thing was put together to show I had a flippant attitude towards either religious bigotry or trouble between Old Firm fans.

''As most people know, I don't have a flippant attitude towards those subjects. Far from it. There was a comment in the piece, after showing me smiling, when the reporter said: 'Well it might not bother Ally McCoist..' Well, believe me, it does bother Ally McCoist.''

A BBC spokesman said: ''We have received a complaint from Rangers which we are looking into.''

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