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Rangers FC announces its withdrawal of co-operation with the BBC


By Stephen Lepitak, -

October 18, 2011 | 2 min read

Rangers Football Club has announced that it will no longer speak to the BBC having claimed that the corporation’s reporting was ‘neither accurate or fair’.

As the club announced that £300,000 of its assets had been frozen by a court after its former financial director alleged a breach of contract by the club, it also said that it was to crease ‘all co-operation’ with the BBC citing ‘repeated difficulties’.

A statement placed on the club’s website, said: "Rangers Football Club is withdrawing all co-operation with the BBC as of today. The decision has been taken due to the repeated difficulties the Club has encountered with the BBC this season.

“The Club was forced earlier in the season to suspend co-operation with the BBC over its serious misrepresentation of the Club manager's position on violence and sectarianism. There have also been other instances where the BBC's reporting on the club's affairs has been neither accurate or fair.

“Furthermore, over the last few weeks the BBC has been involved in making a documentary about the Club which appears to be little more than a prejudiced muckraking exercise. Efforts to ensure that reporting of the Club's affairs should be balanced and fair appear to have been in vain.

“The Club believes that the BBC has on a number of occasions now demonstrated a pre-determined negative attitude towards Rangers and its fans and its journalism has fallen well short of acceptable standards.

“The decision to end co-operation with the BBC has been taken very reluctantly but the Club feels it has been left with no other option.”

This is not the first time this season that Rangers has announced it would not co-operate with the BBC, after its manager Ally McCoist banned it from interviews following an news article which he claimed an article he featured in had been unfairly edited.

The BBC soon apologised to the club and the manager, and the ban was lifted.

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