An unnamed BBC reporter faced backlash after questioning the captain of the Moroccan women's national team regarding her teammates' sexual orientations in light of Morocco's laws prohibiting same-sex relationships during a recent press briefing.
Prior to Morocco's crushing 6-0 defeat against Germany in their first Women’s World Cup game, Ghizlane Chebbak, a 32-year-old forward and team captain, was put on the spot with the contentious query.
"In Morocco, it’s illegal to have a gay relationship. Do you have any gay players in your squad and what’s life like for them in Morocco?" the reporter asked.
Upon hearing the translated question, Chebbak displayed a look of discomfort but did not offer a response. Her silence was maintained as an intermediary at the press conference swiftly stepped in.
"Sorry, this is a very political question, so we’ll just stick to questions relating to football."
The reporter refuted the notion that their question was politically driven, further stating, "it’s about people. It’s got nothing to do with politics."
"Please let her answer the question," he continued.
Morocco captain Ghizlane Chebbak’s almost in disbelief reaction to the question, says it all.
A completely unethical out of line question that poses safety concerns to the players he asking to be named.
Bizarre push followed.
— SHE scores bangers (@SHEscoresbanger) July 24, 2023
In a statement to Sky News, the BBC issued an apology and acknowledged the question was "inappropriate."
"We recognize that the question was inappropriate. We had no intention to cause any harm or distress."
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