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BBC journalist makes unfortunate ‘slip’ over NI blood ban

Bobby Rae June 3, 2016
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A BBC journalist was left red faced, after a typo about the Northern Ireland’s blood ban give it a slightly different meaning.

William Crawley, a Belfast-based BBC journalist, posted a tweet after Sinn Fein’s Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, announced she was lifting the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

Following the announcement, Mr Crawley tweeted: “The lifting of the lifetime blood ban on gay/bisexual men in NI brings NI into lube with GB: a one year referral system.”

Almost instantly, the presenter of Talkback, faced an inevitable Twitter backlash.

After deleting the tweet, Mr Crawley immediately tried to recover from his embarrassment.

First, he said he would go back to postcards.

Then tried to blame autocorrect.

Before finally admitting he might need a little help on Twitter.

We think it’s fair to say, William Crawley won’t be forgetting about the blood ban any time soon.

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