Bradford City have knocked out Chelsea and Sunderland so far…
The BBC has received a wave of criticism following their decision to not broadcast FA Cup heroes Bradford City in their quarter-final tie at home to Reading.
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It will be of consolation to the League One side that they will be shown on BT Sport, and as a result claim television money they missed out on in the fifth round.
This comes after BBC have again chosen not to broadcast Bradford in the FA Cup, the lowest side left in the tournament for the second round running.
The BBC first caused a storm after they chose to show Aston Villa vs Leicester City in the FA Cup fifth round ahead of the Bantams’ game at home to Sunderland, following their stunning away win at Chelsea in the fourth round.
The publc service broadcaster got the first and third picks from the round of eight, understandably picking Manchester United vs Arsenal as their first pick.
BT Sport then chose Liverpool’s home game against Blackburn Rovers as their first pick, leaving BBC with the choice between Bradford’s first quarter-final appearance in 39 years or the Midlands derby of Villa v West Bromwich Albion. They chose the latter.
“I can understand them picking the games they picked. They can do what they want. But just don’t be hypocrites,” Bradford joint chairman Mark Lawn was quoted by the Mirror.
“The hypocritical thing is when you sell the competition and advertise your product as if you are doing it for the underdog and talk about the magic of the cup but that is only the case until all the big clubs come in.
“Then the smaller ones can bugger off. As soon as they have got a chance to go to the Premier League teams, they do.”
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) February 15, 2015