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Leeds United FC follows Rangers FC’s lead with BBC ban

Leeds United Football Club has followed Rangers manager Ally McCoist in banning the access of BBC journalists.

The football club has stopped the access of BBC journalists in protest at the media corporation’s current affairs series Inside Out is producing a documentary investigating the club's ownership.

BBC’s in-house magazine Ariel, said that BBC Radio Leeds reporters were refused access to a press conference at the club last week, and that it will not allow the company to cover press conferences or interview team members until further notice, unless they were legally bound to do so.

A BBC spokesperson told PressGazette: “We have been informed by Leeds Utd FC that there will be no co-operation with the BBC outside the existing contractual agreements.

“We would like to reassure listeners that BBC Radio Leeds will continue to broadcast Leeds United match reports, there will be some commentary on Five Live, and goals will be shown on the BBC Football League Show.”

It has been reported that talks between the club and BBC representatives will take place tomorrow.

Last month, Rangers manager Ally McCoist banned BBC journalists after he said they edited footage to make it seem like he thought Old Firm violence was ‘a joke’. He said he would not let the journalists in until he received an apology. The BBC issued an apology a day later.

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