Subtitle error goes viral: ‘Gaelic football’ transcribed as ‘gay football’ in Dublin and Kerry match

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A subtitling error during yesterday’s Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) football match between Dublin and Kerry has gone viral after being posted on Twitter.

The Independent reported that GAA commentator Pat Spillane’s statement about his “faith in gaelic football” was mistakenly subtitled as “faith in gay football.”

Viewer Richard Cantwell took a photograph of the error and uploaded it to his Twitter account.

It was retweeted 117 times in just over 60 minutes:

Cantwell later followed up the popular tweet stating: “I’m getting a small lesson in virality”.

In a recent UK study it was found that young footballers on the verge of becoming professional are now much more likely to be supportive of gay team mates.

Dr Steven Roberts, of the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, said: “The interview results were broadly consistent with other recent research on young British men of their age in that these men showed no overt animosity towards gay men.

“In fact, they were more than tolerant and showed an inclusive attitude toward the hypothetical situation of having a gay team mate, best friend or room mate reveal their sexuality. The results are clear: among the 22 future footballers we interviewed, all were unbothered by the issue of gays in sport.”

Last month, a new policy for tackling homophobic abuse by football supporters was also set out, which names homophobia as the last major form of discrimination at football matches.

The lead sports prosecutor at CPS Nick Hawkins said: “In years gone by, racist and homophobic chanting in the stands was an ugly feature of football matches across the country, but I believe we are beginning to see a shift in culture… but hate crime legislation has a large part to play in this ongoing culture change.”

Noting that Brighton and Hove Albion fans were subjected to homophobic abuse at 72% of away games last season, he said such incidents were taking place “frighteningly often”.