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Complainant Name:
Mr William Ross

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Scotsman


Mr William Ross complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which was, in his view, inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article reported that Celtic Football Club's debt had been ‘all but wiped out'; however, according to the complainant, the figures which the newspapers had referenced referred to the club's net bank debt, as opposed to its overall liabilities.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

On 12 February, we published a report headlined ‘Celtic debt all but wiped out by Champions League run'. This is not correct, and we are happy to clarify that the article should have referred specifically to Celtic's bank debt rather than its entire debt. Celtic's most recent annual report records a liability of £9m which is over and above its bank debt.

Date Published: 08/04/2013

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