BT Sport have released a statement following outrage from Michael Conlan fans over a ‘flag error’ shown on TV over the weekend.
Apologising for what they say was a ‘brief showing’ of the Union Jack next to Conlan’s name on screen, BT Sport was obviously red-faced about the incident.
“Due to an error, the incorrect flag was briefly shown alongside Michael Conlan on screen last night. We apologise for the mistake,” said BT in a statement.
Conlan enjoyed a successful homecoming on the Saturday night show as the Irishman delighted fans in Belfast with his headline victory.
The former amateur star kept his undefeated run going but it was a TV gaff, shown on both Boxnation and BT Sport, which annoyed the fans.
As the captions popped up on screen for UK TV coverage, Conlan’s name appeared next to a British flag despite his proud Irish heritage.
Fans unsurprisingly took to social media to air their upset, with one complainer stating: ‘Typical British claiming Irish fighters as their own when it suits them’.
In the fight itself, Conlan displayed his superior amateur skills when dominating Adeilson Dos Santos over eight rounds.
The 26 year-old remained undefeated in his quest for honors over the coming 18 months.