Manchester United accuse The Sun of knowing about Ed Woodward home attack, the Newspaper responds with a statement.
Manchester United’s vice executive chairman Ed Woodward’s house was attacked last month on 28th January. The attack saw club supporters throw red flares over the gates of his property.
Manchester United have filed a complaint to IPSO, the press regulators, regarding the Sun’s coverage of the attack. They believe that the newspaper “had received advance notice of the intended attack; which included criminal damage and intent to intimidate”.
The club said a journalist was present at the time. The “quality of the images” featured in The Sun’s report suggested that a photographer was also in attendance.
“Not only did the journalist fail to discharge the basic duty of a responsible member of society to report an impending crime and avert potential danger and criminal damage; his presence both encouraged and rewarded the perpetrators. We believe this was a clear breach of both the Ipso editors’ code and journalistic ethics” the club said in its statement.
Manchester United accuse The Sun of knowing about Ed Woodward home attack, the Newspaper responds
A spokesperson from the Sun has now confirmed that their reporter was indeed present at the protest following a tip off. However, they defended their right to report the incident.
“The Sun condemns fully the attack on Mr Woodward’s home and is happy to cooperate fully with any police inquiry,” said a spokesman for the newspaper.
“However, The Sun, like all newspapers, vigorously defends its right to report. Following a tip-off that there was to be a protest a Sun reporter attended.
“The Sun accurately reported the events that unfolded. At no time was our reporter made aware of what was to take place nor incited it or encouraged any criminal activity.
“The article made it clear that the behaviour was criminal and unacceptable.
“The Sun supports wholeheartedly the Editors’ Code of Conduct and will defend the complaint to IPSO.”
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