Southampton FC pics ban earns it name ban in The Sun

The Sun continued to have fun today at the expense of Southampton Football Club over its zany plan to monopolise photography at its St Mary’s Stadium.

A match report (sadly, not available online) of last night’s Carling Cup game against Bournemouth was headlined: SOUTH COAST TEAM 2, BOURNEMOUTH 0.

The paper said: “Once again we are refusing to name a once-proud South Coast club in this match report from last night.

“This is solely down to the actions of club chief Nicola Clotese, a man who has decided to ban national and local newspapers from taking photographs of the game.”

So far it looks like all national and regional newspapers are refusing to work with Southampton and purchase photos from its own photographers.

They probably realise that if Southampton were to get away with this, other clubs would follow and it would be the end of the line for independent photojournalism at professional football matches in the UK.

The Bournemouth Echo has joined in the protest by using archive shots from the 1980s to illustrate its report of the match last night.

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