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Radio station cuts off interview with Forest Green manager as he swears with first word

A live interview with Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper was cut off by BBC Radio Gloucestershire after he swore with his first word.

The Forest Green head coach could be heard on air at the start of his post-match interview following his side’s 1-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle at The New Lawn.

It comes after recently sacked Grimsby manager Michael Jolley said the f-word 58 times within 4 minutes, directing his anger at two local radio journalists for Radio Humperside.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Bob Hunt started with a summary on the defeat: “That was a disappointing performance.”

Cooper simply responded: “F*****g hell.”

He was quickly cut off with presenter Paul Furley forced to apologise: “I’m sorry, we’re not going to hear from Mark Cooper there if the first thing he’s going to say is swear at Bob Hunt. We cannot have that interview on air.

“If you heard Mark Cooper’s language, I absolutely apologise, that is completely and utterly unacceptable.

“We will return when Mark Cooper is not swearing.”

He then spoke after and continued to vent his anger at referee Sam Purkiss.

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“I didn’t feel that we deserved to lose but we had a lot of territory, perhaps didn’t produce enough quality in the final third,” he said.

“I felt we should’ve had a couple of penalties, the one at the end on Matt Mills is a stonewall punch in the back of the head but, there you go.

“I found out on Tuesday who the referee was and because it’s such a big game I had real concerns because it’s his first year in the league and he has a record for booking lots of players and I had a concern not for us, but for the game.”

The result saw Plymouth Argyle climb up the 11th in the League Two table with 26 points, with Grimsby sitting 18th with 19 points (six clear of the drop), though have played three games less than those around them.

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