Well would you believe it, but there are reports in Glasgow that Rangers have banned the Scottish paper, the Daily Record, from both Ibrox and Murray Park.
Derek Llambias – Rangers CEO
Mike Ashley has banned many papers in his time at Newcastle, because he has not liked their reporting of Newcastle United.
And a ban of the local papers – the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun – was only lifted a few weeks ago. and they were banned for over a year.
The local papers were banned because they had covered a demonstration against Mike Ashley though the City center in October of 2013 in too much detail, but the irony was that not one of the football correspondents at the papers actually reported on the march.
And the Telegraph is banned currently because there was a report in there that Mike Ashley would definitely be selling Newcastle United to buy Rangers FC.
The news is that Rangers CEO Derek Llambias has banned the Daily Record for undue criticism of the management at the Scottish club.
The Daily Record is reporting that Llambias sent an email to the paper which read as follows:
“Following recent reporting by your journalists in the Daily Record, I am writing to inform you that with immediate effect the Daily Record newspaper will be banned from attending all Rangers press conferences and games at Ibrox Stadium and Murray Park.”
However, the Daily Record has vowed not to be silenced:
“Despite today’s ban, we will continue to write the truth. Fans will still be able to read about their team – despite us not being welcome.”
“We will continue to report the ongoing crisis on and off the park without fear or favor.”
Rangers fans have reacted to this, as might have been expected, with Craig Houston of Sons of Truth telling the Record:
“What we don’t want are selected journalists or selected newspapers operating in a climate where they are threatened with bans for writing something the club disagrees with.”
“The thought of a ban is despicable in what is supposed to be a free country with freedom of speech.”
So this will hardly be surprising to Newcastle fans – this is their normal mode of operation.
And in case Rangers fans hadn’t already worked it out, cup competitions could have very little priority from now on at Rangers FC.
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