Nigel Owens came in for some criticism at the weekend from English fans aggrieved by the Welsh man’s decision making during their clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.

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Namely his decision to yellow card Sam Underhill and disallow two potential English tries.

Away from the pitch Owens also managed to make the headlines through a rather unusual BBC subtitling error.

According to Wales Online, while in the process of carding Underhill the subtitle initially read:

‘Yellow card. Nigel Owens is a gay penalty and yellow card.’

Which was quickly corrected to  ‘Nigel Owens is saying penalty and yellow card’.

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In an attempt to clarify how such a blunder occurred a BBC spokesperson said:

“Our live subtitling service produces accuracy levels in excess of 98% but, as with all broadcasters, there are instances – particularly during live broadcasts – when mistakes happen.”

“On this occasion the voice recognition subtitling software made an error which was spotted and corrected immediately.”

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Naturally, Twitter was quick to pick up on the blunder, with a flood of tweets from bewildered viewers.

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