Town could be affected

By Derek DavisChief Football WriterIPSWICH Town's Coca-Cola Championship clash at home to Sheffield United next Tuesday could be part of a national newspaper blackout as a row over Press freedom comes to a head.

By Derek Davis

Chief Football Writer

IPSWICH Town's Coca-Cola Championship clash at home to Sheffield United next Tuesday could be part of a national newspaper blackout as a row over Press freedom comes to a head.

Bosses on all the national papers are refusing to accept demands from DataCo that digital publishing of match photographs are subject to a two-hour delay and up to seven per cent of revenue from 'fantasy football' competitions are returned to clubs.


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If the dispute with DataCo, the company that represents Premiership and Football League clubs, is not resolved by midnight on Sunday then all journalists and photographers from national newspapers could be barred from the 92 League grounds.

The first game that could be affected is Norwich City's attempt to win their first Premiership match for 10 years when they travel to Manchester City on Monday.

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At the heart of the dispute is the clubs' insistence that revenue they want for themselves in the lucrative football imaging market, via mobile devices, are not tapped into by other sources.

The newspaper industry argues that the restrictions sought by DataCo go against the whole ethos of a free Press.

Many newspapers have already fired a warning over the footballing bodies' bows by refusing to use the sponsorship names of the Premiership and Football League competitions.

The EADT's coverage will not be affected and we will be providing our usual top class reports and analysis of Ipswich Town's encounter with the Blades, first thing on Wednesday morning.

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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