The Sun is not welcomed in Merseyside

Photo: Anthony Moretti 7March2015

It seems unusual for a news organization to be banned from covering a professional sports team, but that situation exists in the UK.

Specifically in an area called Merseyside, of which Liverpool is the largest city. The Mirror reports that three prominent soccer teams in that area will not allow a representative from The Sun to cover their games because of reporting from as recently as last week and as far back as three decades.

Tranmere Rovers have confirmed there is a ‘de facto’ ban in place against The Sun.

Everton banned the newspaper from its premises last week after an offensive article about Ross Barkley and the people of Merseyside.

The Sun has been reviled in Liverpool since its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, which saw reporters banned from Anfield and the club’s training ground.

And National League side Tranmere have revealed a ban has been in place for at least two years – which will continue following the recent events.

What specifically angered Merseysiders about coverage of the Hillsborough tragedy? According to the Liverpool Echo,

The tabloid is hated across Merseyside for its disgraceful and inaccurate coverage of the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 which saw 96 Liverpool fans killed.

The newspaper’s infamous ‘The Truth’ front page in 1989 falsely claimed that Reds fans stole from the dead and obstructed the emergency services.

 

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