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Sport BBC fires back after presenter left in tears

06:11  01 march  2021
06:11  01 march  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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McLaughlan conducted robust post-match interviews with England captain Owen Farrell and coach Eddie Jones after a Test defeat to Wales over the weekend.

Far from the soft interviews often produced on-field straight after the final whistle, McLaughlan asked assertive questions about poor refereeing and England's ill-discipline. Farrell in particular appeared uncomfortable with the questions and became increasingly evasive with his answers.

McLaughlan was met with a torrent of abuse on social media, which she said had left her in tears.

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https://twitter.com/Sonjamclaughlan/status/1365757473462829066?s=20 Sonja McLaughlan wearing a headset and smiling at the camera: BBC's Sonja McLaughlan. © PA Images via Getty Images BBC's Sonja McLaughlan.

BBC Sport responded with a statement supporting McLaughlan and denouncing her abusers.

"BBC Sport strongly condemns the online abuse experienced by Sonja McLaughlan after the Wales v England match," it said.

"Sonja has long been a key member of our Six Nations team and she absolutely has our full support."

England Rugby also released a statement of support for McLaughlan, saying, "Abuse for doing your job is not OK and we stand with you".

https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby/status/1365899635982753792?s=20

Former England international Ugo Monye quickly offered McLaughlan a message of support, as did the official Twitter account of Six Nations Rugby.

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Leading sports broadcaster Alison Mitchell has backed McLaughlan, as has high-profile sports writer Oliver Holt.

https://twitter.com/AlisonMitchell/status/1366129852273758209?s=20https://twitter.com/OllieHolt22/status/1365832151120424965?s=20

Here is McLaughlan's interview with Farrell in the wake of a 40-024 defeat, launched with the question: "Owen, were England robbed by some poor officiating tonight?"

https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1365738073556987906?s=20

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