LABOUR MP Chris Bryant has been accused of Wales rugby bashing in a row over digital TV.
Plaid Cymru were outraged at the Rhondda MP's remarks in Parliament on Wednesday in an address about digital television service in his constituency.
In his address, Bryant said: "Everybody wants to go digital in Rhondda because they want to watch Channel 4 instead of - or at least as well as - S4C, and they want to watch some decent rugby."
He went on to say: "The difficulty is that the only way to go digital in Rhondda is by paying money to Sky. I can count the dishes outside the houses in Rhondda to find out how many have gone digital. The problem is that people have been waiting for some time for a free-sat service from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4."
Plaid's Leanne Wood AM, spoke out against the MP, saying: "It is his Government's fault people in Rhondda and elsewhere in the Valleys are forced to buy Sky to get digital TV. He was one of the biggest supporters of the Government's bill - that threatens the future of Welsh broadcasting - now he pretends to be against it.
"To say that S4C doesn't show decent rugby is absurd. S4C has been broadcasting Wales' tour of Argentina. Is he saying Wales' rugby team don't play decent rugby?
"Sky shows the English Guinness Premiership so he is clearly one of those people who thinks that good rugby can only come from the other side of Offa's Dyke."
Last night Mr Bryant, patron of Ferndale RFC, insisted: "I'm a big rugby fan and enjoy S4C's coverage very much but this isn't just about rugby. The only way for people in Rhondda to go digital is with Sky and that is expensive."