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Sky Sports investigated over "f***" being heard three times in cricket coverage

Sky Sports could be in trouble with broadcasting regulator Ofcom after it was revealed they received three separate complaints from viewers for hearing the word "f***" during live coverage this summer.

The most blatant incident came from pundit David Gower, who was commentating on the final Ashes Test between England and Australia on September 14.

He allegedly did not realise his microphone was on and could be heard saying the words "Haven't got a f****** clue." Fellow commentator Shane Warne apologised on his behalf shortly afterwards.

Another case of the 'F-Word' came from an unknown player during the third Ashes Test at Headingley, which it is thought was picked up by a stumps microphone, while the final one occurred during a T20 Blast game.

Cricket is widely regarded as a 'gentleman's game', which is perhaps why such offence has been taken towards the three incidents.

Ofcom announced on Monday they would be looking further into the complaints and will make a decision soon on whether or not their rules on offensive language has been breached.

A spokeswoman for the regulator said: "We're investigating whether these programmes broke our rules on offensive language."

A statement on Ofcom's website about offensive language reads: "Ofcom has a duty to apply standards which provide adequate protection to audiences from offensive and harmful content on TV and radio.

"If broadcasters air programmes that break the rules, and if the breach is serious or repeated, we can impose sanctions on them, including fines."


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