Linfield’s title winning manager David Jeffrey has hit out at reports claiming Ulster Television plan to ditch coverage of Irish League football.
The irate boss used the occasion of his team’s 51st title triumph to slam the broadcaster for the decision, set to take effect from the start of next season.
“I’m bitterly disappointed to hear that,” said Jeffrey.
“UTV is supposed to be Your TV but how can that be the case if they have decided to stop covering local football while continuing to cover Gaelic sports.
“I don’t want to be making a political statement but Irish League football is an integral part of life for a lot of people.
“We’ve just got to look at our Welsh counterparts who cover ‘live’ games and to look at our friends down south where RTE also provide extensive coverage.
“UTV’s decision has not gone unnoticed over the past couple of weeks.
I cannot believe it. How can they do it and continue to provide coverage of Gaelic.
“If they were not to cover any sport that would be ok but to do what they are doing is not right.
“The cost is a pittance to the profit they make.
“It’s nothing short of a disgrace for an executive somewhere to make the decision not to cover local football.”