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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Sky News apologises over 'bog-trotting' slur to Stephanie Roche's former club

Stephanie Roche and boyfriend Dean Zambra
Stephanie Roche and boyfriend Dean Zambra
Stephanie Roche at the Ballon D'Or 2014 awards
Stephanie Roche.
Luke Byrne

By Luke Byrne

SKY News has apologised after Stephanie Roche's former club Peamount United were labelled "some bog-trotting side" during a broadcast.

The Sun's political editor Tom Newton Dunn was on the station's press preview discussing yesterday morning's newspapers when he made the comment.

Roche's nomination for the FIFA Puskas goal of the year was raised on the show and a clip was shown of her fantastic finish against Wexford Youths.

The broadcaster said the journalist was praising the brilliance of a goal scored by a player from a fairly small team.

"Stephanie Roche who scored the greatest goal possibly ever," Mr Dunn said in the broadcast.

"Watch what she does here, turn and right in the back of the net, a truly terrific goal from some...um...bog-trotting side in Ireland somewhere," he said.

Sky News told the Herald there was no offence meant.

hnews@herald.ie

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