Journalists the Newcastle Journal, Evening Chronicle and Sunday Sun have been banned indefinitely from all media events at Newcastle United. The club is unhappy with the way the newspapers covered a demonstration against its owner Mike Ashley.
The chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore, has been urged to act as a mediator between Newcastle United and three local newspapers, who have been banned from all the club's media events.
Journalists from the Journal, Chronicle and Sunday Sun were told they were not welcome at press conferences at St James' Park. Manager Alan Pardew was even stopped from answering their questions after the weekend's derby away at Sunderland. The club is unhappy with what it feels is unfair coverage.
Post-match, Alan Pardew sitting between a press officer and an NCJ journalist as they tried to clarify the situation of whether or not questions can be asked. The journalist was told to ask his editor for clarification.
The Chronicle has hit back after its journalists were banned from media events at Newcastle United. The paper's front page headline says it is "Banned but not Gagged" and it highlights a number of front pages that show where it has challenged the way the club is run.
"It is quite frankly staggering that you devoted 15 full pages, including two front page splashes, a back page, three double-page spreads and a remarkable six full pages in one (September 7) in The Chronicle to a protest march which ultimately was attended by approximately 300 supporters. Even if the 1,000 supporters expected by the organisers had marched your coverage would have been disproportionate."