BT Sport presenter Darrell Currie has hit back at claims from SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster that the broadcaster didn’t appreciate Scottish football.
The game will be moving exclusively to Sky Sports next season in a deal worth £160 million that was brokered by Doncaster.
The former Norwich City chief said that Scottish football would enjoy a ‘sea change’ moving to Sky Sports, believing that BT have not shown the game the same love.
He told the Price of Football podcast: “Sky say they are focusing on working with us to promote the Scottish game hand-in-hand as a good partner should.
“So let’s keep an open mind. I think we will see the Scottish game given the profile and coverage it deserves next year by Sky Sports.”
His comments have not gone down well with BT host Currie, who responded to the CEO’s comments on Twitter.
“Totally disrespectful from Doncaster here,” he hit back.
Totally disrespectful from Doncaster here.
To suggest BT Sport haven’t given the SPFL the ‘’love they show other leagues’’.
Absolutely pathetic – we’ve given everything to our coverage.
Also, he’s told us in person how much he’s enjoyed our work.
Pathetic. 👇 https://t.co/vKDnI1MzEL
— Darrell Currie (@darrellcurrietv) March 19, 2020
“To suggest BT Sport haven’t given the SPFL the ‘love they show other leagues’.
“Absolutely pathetic – we’ve given everything to our coverage. Also, he’s told us in person how much he’s enjoyed our work. Pathetic.”
There was a lot of love for Currie on Twitter following his retort, with many of the opinion that BT have provided excellent coverage of Scottish football since acquiring broadcasting rights.
100 times better than @SkySports coverage.
— Paullie (@PaullieWalnuts) March 19, 2020
BT sport give best coverage of Scottish football bar none! Going to be a great loss when football resumes!
— David Beggs🏴🏴 (@davidbeggs1982) March 19, 2020
BT have provided a far more enjoyable viewing experience than Sky. Attention to detail, time and entertainment value has been far superior. I’ll miss BT’s coverage a lot when it goes.
— Danny (@17_djf) March 19, 2020
BT have been brilliant for Scottish football. Streets ahead of Sky in terms of coverage and personnel.
— Placid Casual (@Plac1dCasual) March 19, 2020
I’d say the love for the Scottish game comes shining through in the coverage, Darrell. It strikes the perfect balance, which is hard to achieve, of giving the league the attention & respect it deserves, but also being really good fun too
— Adam Summerton (@adamsummerton) March 20, 2020
Oddly enough I’m not seeing many people suggesting Sky have done a better job.
The reason for that is simple, they haven’t
— Jim (@Barcajim3) March 19, 2020
Crazy comments… BT far superior coverage to Sky Sports, far more in depth discussion and time dedicated to Scottish football
— Tony CFC (@Green_Hoops67) March 19, 2020
BT coverage has been the best by a country mile. No question. I’m devastated we are stuck with Sky.
— Rob1967 (@Glapthorn_Celt) March 19, 2020
100% Darrell. The Scottish game had never before had the care and attention provided by your team and probably never will again.
— Paul Mc (@Plopps67) March 19, 2020