Ul­ster Rugby ap­pears to be eas­ing news me­dia ban

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY PHIL BLANCHE

UL­STER Rugby ap­pears to have eased re­stric­tions on news re­porters at­tend­ing its pre-match press con­fer­ences.

The ban on news out­lets was en­forced last month af­ter the club sacked stars Paddy Jack­son and Stuart Old­ing, who were cleared of rape.

Ul­ster Rugby blamed the move on the con­duct of news re­porters at a pre­vi­ous press con­fer­ence, held in the wake of the play­ers’ ac­quit­tal. They re­stricted two sub­se­quent pre-match press con­fer­ences to sports writ­ers.

The pro­hi­bi­tion was crit­i­cised by the National Union of Jour­nal­ists, which wrote to the club to com­plain about what it de­scribed as an “un­ac­cept­able at­tempt to con­trol me­dia cover­age”.

The Press As­so­ci­a­tion, which was barred from the two press con­fer­ences in April, has been in­formed it is likely to be per­mit­ted to at­tend to­day’s me­dia event to pre­view this week­end’s Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup play­off game against the Os­preys.

How­ever, the club de­clined to con­firm if re­stric­tions on other news out­lets re­mained.

The Belfast Tele­graph con­tacted the club, but did not re­ceive a re­sponse last night.

Sacked star: Paddy Jack­son

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