RED-FACED bosses at BBC were forced to make a grovelling apology to Wigan Athletic fans after making an on-air blunder about ticket sales.
A poorly-worded article on the national BBC Sport website claimed Latics had “failed to sell 10,000 tickets” for tomorrow’s semi-final.
This led to confusion across the country with fans of other teams taking it to mean that Latics hadn’t broken the five-figure mark in sales.
In fact, more than 10,000 were sold on the first day alone.
What it actually meant was that fewer than 10,000 tickets out of the 31,000 allocation were left unsold. But that means Wigan will be taking an armada of at least 20,000 – one-third of the population of the town – to the capital tomorrow.
However, North West Tonight incorrectly interpreted their own website and reported the former, with well-known Burnley fan and sports presenter Tony Livesey taking great delight in Latics’ supposedly unsold tickets.
They soon realised their mistake after receiving a barrage of complaints from Wigan Athletic supporters and were forced to send out an apology via Twitter.
They said: “Apologies folks – there was an error in the Wigan tickets story. The club have sold 21,000 tickets – 10,000 tickets remain unsold.”