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BT Sport's response to Bantam's broadcast row

We aim to cover the teams and stories that appeal to as wide a number of fans as possible while staying true to the traditions of the competition. Fixture selection is a complex process involving multiple parties including broadcasters, clubs, the FA and local authorities. Whilst we are unable to show that game, we wish all teams including Bradford City the very best of luck in their FA Cup fifth round matches.

– BT Sport

Broadcasters urged to screen Bradford's FA Cup game

Chairman Mark Lawn Credit: PA

Sports minister Helen Grant has been urged to intervene to persuade broadcasters to screen the next step of Bradford's FA Cup adventure.

The Bantams caused one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history after they fought back from 2-0 down to beat Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge in the fourth round last weekend.

But the Sky Bet League One side's fifth-round home tie with either Sunderland or Fulham has not been selected as one of the live games to be shown by the BBC or BT Sport.

The decision has been slammed by City's joint chairman Mark Lawn and the club's official website has this:

"Despite Phil Parkinson's men currently being the top scorers in the F.A Cup this season and the talk of a nation following their stunning victory over Chelsea in the previous round, City's match against Sunderland or Fulham will be one of only three ties not to be televised."

Now Bradford West MP George Galloway has now raised the snub in Parliament saying the decision by the BBC and BT Sport "betrays a fundamental lack of knowledge about football" and also about what viewers want to see. He has asked Ms Grant to "impress on broadcasters the error of this decision" and attempt to persuade them to change it.


Man jailed for abusing boys in Czech Republic

A man from West Yorkshire has been jailed for ten years after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting young boys and sharing images of the abuse on the internet. Dusan Juran, who's 25, and from Bradford Road, Shipley, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after admitting four charges.

Dusan Juran: jailed for 10 years

Juran was arrested when officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Abusive Images Unit carried out a search warrant of his home in November last year, after receiving information about the online distribution of indecent images and movies.

Following an investigation, Juran, a Czech national, admitted that he had abused a 10-year-old child while on holiday in the Czech Republic.

Evidence of this was found on the computer along with naked photographs of another young boy, who was believed to be about six years old.

Speaking after sentence, Detective Constable John Higgins, of West Yorkshire Police’s Abusive Images Unit, said:

"The term of imprisonment passed down today reflects the severity of these offences. The victims were young boys who do not live in the UK. This case demonstrates that West Yorkshire Police will robustly investigate any offences committed against vulnerable children in our society, not just in the UK, but anywhere in the world."

Mother of soldier killed in Afghanistan leads campaign to honour fallen heroes

Elaine Bell, whose son was killed in Afghanistan is leading a campaign for streets to be named after all those who died in the conflict.

Private Martin Bell

Paratrooper Martin is to have a road named after him in his home city of Bradford, but his mum wants the same honour given to all fallen service personnel.

Read: Bradford soldier to receive posthumous award

David Cameron backs missing Murphy campaign

A rescue dog from Bradford who's owner thinks has been stolen, and who has even been discussed by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

Murphy, who's a Husky, was seen been put into a car eight weeks ago, and despite a number of phone calls to his owner from someone claiming to have bought him, he hasn't been seen since.

There are fears that he may have been stolen to train illegal fighting dogs.

Frazer Maude has been to meet his owner, and his canine friend:

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