BBC Match of the Day backlash as Scotland game 'sabotaged' at half time

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates scoring
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Wednesday night's Match of the Day sparked a barrage of complaints from supporters at home, who argued that Scotland's match against Switzerland was 'sabotaged' by England at half time.

After being thrashed by 5- 1 by host nation Germany in their Euro 2024 opener on Friday, Steve Clarke's side needed to get something from their second group game against the Swiss, who got off to winning ways against Hungary in their first match. Scottish supporters descended on Cologne in their droves, as millions more tuned into the BBC live coverage of the crunch fixture.

An emotional video featuring several Scottish fans aired before kick off as presenter Gabby Logan admitted it was 'hard to stay neutral.' However, at half time, after some discussion about the first half, in which Scotland took an early 1-0 lead before Switzerland levelled things up; talk then turned to England, with a preview of their second group tie against Denmark on Thursday and an interview with manager Gareth Southgate.

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And the switch of focus to England is something that didn't go down too well with some people watching at home, as one took to X to rant: "So half time in #Scotland game in Cologne and the #BBC use up most of it with a film about England. Same old #Euro24" as another fumed: "It's Scotland v Switzerland tonight surely you can lay off all of the England coverage for a wee while!!!! I'll be expecting interviews with the scotland manager at half time in the next England game you cover"

Among the many others complaints that quickly appeared online, was a third that read: "Can anyone explain why during the Scotland game half time you are discussing the England team and English cricket?! I can imagine the outrage if this was the other way round!"