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YouTuber Murad Merali Denies Racism After Past Sexual Fetish Videos Emerged 



Murad Merali (left and centre) has denied using racist language (Picture:@murad_merali/Instagram)

Murad Merali has denied he wrote captions which contained racist slurs after sexual fetish videos emerged of him online. 

The blogger, who has shared countless interviews with the stars of Love Island, took to YouTube to deny that the racist captions were written by him after appearing in a series of videos which saw him engaging in foot fetish content and ‘raceplay’. 

Raceplay is a form of sexual role-play where the participants act out racially charged situations such as relationships between a slave and master. 

Screenshots which claimed to feature Merali as a ‘master’ with his ‘slaves’ in gimp masks went viral, along with racist captions, which the blogger denied were written by him. 

Fans had cross-referenced some of the screenshots with pictures in what appeared to be the same hotel rooms Merali had shared photos of on his own Instagram account. 

Merali acknowledged his fetishes but vehemently denied any ‘vile, racist verbiage’ on his part, telling his followers: ‘First and foremost, the written content is not me, the derogatory comments are not written by me and I will stand by that, this is not who I am. 

‘Some of this content is also not me and I can profusely apologise, I take full accountability for how this has come across and how everybody has felt from this content.

‘Some of this content is me, not now, not recently in the last five years, six years, not any moment now.’

Merali also revealed to his followers that he had been ‘severely raped’ when he was 14, with the assaults happening ‘countless times’. 

He claims that led to him making the explicit videos in order to make as much money as he could so he could get out of the situation, and led to him developing certain fetishes. 

The YouTuber is friends with Love Island’s Amber Gill (Picture:@murad_merali/Instagram)

Merali added: ‘I did not write this stuff, people make their own captions, they mix it with their own pictures for their own satisfaction, their own desires or their own fantasies, their ideations, whatever they have and they put it together for their own mental satisfaction for whatever desire that they have as a person.’

He added that the abused ‘f**ked me up’ and that he struggled to ‘get it out of my head’. 

He is known for interviewing many Love Island stars on his channel (Picture:@murad_merali/Instagram)

‘I developed these fetishes, this foot fetish, I developed it through what happened to me and I needed to make money. That was my only goal – to make money,’ he explained. 

Merali reiterated that he was not responsible for the racist captions, ending his video by telling his followers: ‘Just to reiterate, the specific racist captions were not written by me. I did not sit there and do that, at all.’

A source told The Sun that the Love Island community had been shocked by the claims, explaining: ‘Everyone is very surprised because Murad is a huge part of the Love Island community.

‘They are ready to listen to what he has to say but also understand that some boundaries have been broken. It’s a hard time for everyone.’

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder



Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained



Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.

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