Scunthorpe United have tonight confirmed that journalists from the Scunthorpe Telegraph and the publications’ parent company Reach PLC are not be permitted entry into the Iron’s home fixtures and press conferences due to an ongoing legal dispute.
A statement on the club’s website read:
Scunthorpe United Football Club wishes to address with its fans and interested parties why the Scunthorpe Telegraph are currently unable to obtain first-hand information and material about SUFC, and the Club’s positive start to the season.
The Club and the company which owns and operates the Scunthorpe Telegraph, Reach PLC, are currently in a legal dispute concerning various anonymous posts made online against the Club and its owners the Swann family by users called ‘lucathedog’,‘lucathedog1’ and various others.
The Club has retained its lawyers to seek disclosure of the anonymous posters details which the Club, and the Swann family, consider to be offensive and unlawful. At the time of writing, Reach PLC and the Club have been unable to reach a co-operative position in respect of settling this issue, which remains in the hands of the Club’s lawyers. Until this issue is compromised the Scunthorpe Telegraph and other connected publications will continue to not be permitted entry into official SUFC press conferences or SUFC home matches.
The Club will continue, if so advised, to work with Reach PLC to try and conclude this issue in a co-operative manner.’