SPORTS minister Helen Grant has been urged to intervene to persuade broadcasters to screen the next step of Bradford's FA Cup adventure.

The Bantams caused one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup when they beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

But the side's fifth-round home tie with either Sunderland or Fulham has not been selected as one of the live games to be shown by the BBC or BT Sport.

Bradford West MP George Galloway has now raised the snub in Parliament.

He said the decision betrayed a fundamental lack of knowledge about football and what viewers wanted. He asked MrsGrant to "impress on broadcasters the error of this decision" and attempt to persuade them to change it.

Clubs shown live on television in round five receive £247,500.

The Respect MP raised Bradford's plight in an early-day motion tabled in the Commons.

It said the decision was "ridiculous" and the broadcasters had shot themselves in the foot.