Manchester-based MEN told to stop crying after United ban

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Manchester-based MEN told to stop crying after United ban

Izuchukwu Akawor 03:20 - 06.12.2023

Manchester United banned reporters from Manchester Evening News, MEN, ESPN, Sky Sports, and The Mirror from the club’s training centre.

A prominent news outlet based in Manchester, the Manchester Evening News, is at the receiving end of fan backlash from Manchester United fans.

The uproar followed a controversial decision by the Red Devils to ban the media outlet alongside three others from the club’s training centre on Tuesday. 

Manchester United ban Men, others

United’s decision to restrict some journalists from the club came after reports about a dressing room meltdown at Old Trafford.

According to the club’s statement, the action became necessary as those involved failed to give the club a fair hearing before going public with their reports. 

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"We are taking action against a number of news organizations, not for publishing stories we don't like, but for doing so without contacting us first to give us the opportunity to comment, challenge or contextualise.” the club stated.

"We believe this is an important principle to defend and we hope it can lead to a re-set in the way we work together."

United manager, Erik Ten Hag also reemphasised the initial statement from the club during his pre-match press conference ahead of the classic clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag believes United was not given a fair hearing.
Erik Ten Hag during his pre-match press conference. (Photo Credit: ManUtd/X)

"They should have come to us first and not go around our back printing articles - that is not the right thing,” he added per MSN.

"If the players have a different opinion of course I will listen, but they haven't told me, or maybe one or two [players], but the majority want to play like this - proactive, dynamic, brave."

MEN’s reaction flagged by fans

Following the ban, MEN reacted with a statement of their own. 

“Our job is to report what's happening in the organisations that matter to our readers and that includes our great football clubs,” the statement read in part.

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“We do not publish anything lightly and all of our stories are sourced and checked. We have a responsibility to the readers who place such trust in us to faithfully report what we know and what we see.”

"We suggest United look closer to home for the sources of the disquiet - rather than shooting the messenger.''

However, MEN’s reaction did not go down well with United’s fans, who took to social media to express themselves with some telling the media outlet to stop crying.

“They will explain tire..... they should stay far away from @ManUtd,” one of the fans, Tanmola stated. 

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“Stop crying and do your job in a more professional manner,” said another fan identified as Streford Laughs.

Here are other reactions to the MEN statement. 

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