Newcastle United ban supporters group from attending meetings at fans forum

Newcastle ban supporters group
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The Newcastle United Supporters Trust reveals that the club has banned them from attending any future meetings as part of the fans forum.

Newcastle United have banned a supporters group from being included in their fans forum.

The Newcastle United Supporters club have stated that they have been barred from attending meetings due to a conflict surrounding the publication of the minutes from the first meeting.

A statement on NUST's official Facebook page said: "The Trust made clear that we reserved the right to report back to our members as to what went on at the Fans Forum, the club confirming via their Fans Liaison Officer that they accepted this.

"Questions were duly asked (many supplied by our members following an online survey) at the Forum by the NUST representative, Peter Fanning, and a lively meeting produced many interesting topics of discussion.

"Two days later, NUST published Peter Fanning's overview of the meeting and it attracted a lot of publicity, due mainly to the nature of the topics covered but also the fact the Newcastle United minutes didn't appear until 24 hours after they'd been advertised to be released.

"When the club minutes did belatedly appear, nothing of substance that had been reported by NUST was contradicted in Newcastle United's official feedback. However, the spirit of openness has dramatically ended and NUST have been informed by Newcastle United that their 'permanent' place at the Fans Forum has now been withdrawn."

The decision comes just days after the Magpies banned three local newspapers from attending matches and press conferences following their coverage of a protest led by fans.

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