I'm pretty sure he is of a maroon persuasion. Everytime he does a match report from Tynecastle the first thing you always get is how "big the crowd" is: eg "In front of another sell-out here today......"
He was also trying to make out the game was completely overshadowed by a few smoke bombs and an exotic fruit.
That's journalism in today's world. Ignore the actual story and go for the controversy. He asked Heckingbottom about the flares etc, Heck says he was too engrossed in his job to notice the atmosphere until the end. So Brian has to ask him again, brutal reporter.