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Newcastle bans paper from St James Park after club deems coverage too harsh

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Newcastle United’s manager Alan Pardew looks on ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)


Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle has revealed that Newcastle United have chosen to ban the paper from St. James Park, along with sister titles the Sunday Sun and the Journal News.

The papers were informed of the ban ahead of Newcastle’s loss to Sunderland but the papers waited until after the match to reveal the ban as to avoid disrupting the club’s buildup to the Tyne-Wear derby.

The club cited harsh coverage of a protest march last weekend by fans to show their displeasure for owner Mike Ashley and the club’s front office.

Ryder described the scene following the derby on Twitter, saying manager Alan Pardew was gagged by his press officer in the postmatch press conference. Members of both the Evening Chronicle and Journal News attempted to ask questions but were cut short by press official Wendy Taylor, who proclaimed “you can’t ask any questions.”

According to the Chronicle, Pardew agreed to the ban along with Mike Ashley, Joe Kinnear, Lee Charnley, and John Irving.

The Chronicle provided a copy of the message sent to them from Newcastle informing them of the ban.