ITV accused of being "disrespectful" to Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw with harsh graphic

ITV have come in for criticism for their treatment of Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw, who was a pundit on the station for Saturday’s Six Nations clash between England and Scotland.

Laidlaw, who has skippered Scotland since 2011, missed the clash with an ankle injury sustained against France last month.

He was a guest on ITV but the broadcaster was slammed for the manner in which Laidlaw’s name was captioned on screen.

As he was commenting on the game at full-time, a graphic of his name appeared alongside the words: “Lost each of five tests v England, twice at Twickenham.”

Laidlaw missed Scotland’s loss to England with an ankle injury
(Photo: Rex Features)

Critics suggested the caption should simply have noted his role as the Scotland captain or as a Gloucester player.

One Twitter user wrote: “Truly pathetic captioning. Greig Laidlaw was a guest. Show some respect.”

Jonathan Joseph speaks after England 61-21 Scotland

Another added: “ITV such disrespectful caption for Greg Laidlaw, total bias to England. Will you caption Clive Woodwood losing every Lions test?”

An England supporter agreed, writing: “England fan but totally agree – he’s been a great player and deserves much, much better than that.”

Scotland’s Six Nations hopes were extinguished as they lost 61-21 to England in London.

They round off their campaign against Italy at Murrayfield on March 18.

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