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Clyde 1 radio station forced to close its Superscoreboard Facebook page over 'torrent' of abuse

By Angela Haggerty | Reporter

October 24, 2013 | 3 min read

Glasgow and west of Scotland radio station Clyde 1 has announced the closure of a Facebook page for its daily sports phone-in show, Superscoreboard, because of a “torrent” of abusive comments.

Shut down: Clyde 1 has announced the closure of a Facebook page

A statement appeared on the show’s Facebook page on Thursday morning announcing the page would cease to be at 5pm.

The statement said: “Today, we regret to announce the closure of the Clyde 1 Superscoreboard Facebook page.

“It is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we feel we have no option given the constant torrent of abusive, offensive and sometimes sectarian comments.”

The radio station primarily covers Glasgow and the west but is available online. The city is dominated in footballing terms by Celtic and Rangers.

The Superscoreboard programme broadcasts each weekday and takes the form a phone-in format with football pundits in the studio.

The statement received a mixed response from social media users.

‘MicHail Hail Davidson’ said: “Absolute nonsense Clyde. This page should just have been better moderated. You have just taken away a good page because of a few idiots.”

Ross Neil Dougan said: Really shows you the extent of the problem is a well organised Scottish media conglomerate can’t control sectarian abuse. Absolutely disgusting, ashamed to be Scottish right now.”

Alice Smyth added: “You couldn’t control it Clyde and at last you’ve done the decent thing and closed it down.”

David McCarry said: “No need to shut it down. All that was required was to block the bigots who are causing it to be shut down. Sad day in the WoS [west of Scotland] when they win.”

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