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Super Bowl: CBS slammed by parents' group over Joe Flacco swearing

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CBS has been slammed by the Parents Television Council after a swear word was broadcast during the Super Bowl.

MVP Joe Flacco was overheard cursing excitedly after his team the Baltimore Ravens triumphed in the legendary sporting event.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco speaks during a news conference after NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New Orleans.

© PA Images / Darron Cummings/AP



His description of the victory as "f**king awesome" was aired live after a nearby microphone picked up his words. CBS had a time-delay during the half time show and analysis, but not for the live gameplay.

Parents Television Council president Tim Winter has now slammed the network for airing the bad language, according to Entertainment Weekly.

"Despite empty assurance after empty assurance from the broadcast networks that they would never air indecent material, especially during the Super Bowl, it has happened again," he said. "No-one should be surprised that a jubilant quarterback might use profane language while celebrating a career-defining win, but that is precisely the reason why CBS should have taken precautions.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco speaks during a news conference after NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New Orleans.

© PA Images / Darron Cummings/AP

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco speaks during a news conference after NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New Orleans.

© PA Images / Darron Cummings/AP



"Joe Flacco's use of the F-word, while understandable, does not absolve CBS of its legal obligation to prevent profane language from being broadcast - especially during something as uniquely pervasive as the Super Bowl. The instance was aired live across the country, and before the FCC's designated 'Safe Harbor' time everywhere but along the East Coast."

The Super Bowl has been the subject of controversy before, largely for the half-time show. Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at the event has become notorious, while MIA was criticised last year for raising her middle finger at the crowd.

"Now nine years after the infamous Janet Jackson incident, the broadcast networks continue to have 'malfunctions' during the most-watched television event of the year, and enough is enough," Winter said.

CBS has not yet commented on the incident.

Watch Joe Flacco swearing at the Super Bowl below:

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