Tranmere Rovers and Chester FC have followed in the footsteps of fellow North West teams Liverpool and Everton in banning the Sun newspaper from all areas of their clubs.
The paper, which is vilified on Merseyside for its disgusting coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, has had no place at the Reds' Anfield stadium or Melwood training ground since the tragedy, while the Toffees finally stopped the Sun from sending reporters to press conferences and matches following fan pressure and a negative article about star player Ross Barkley.
.@ChesterFC become the latest football club to ban The Sun from its premises. They join Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere Rovers.— Glenn Price (@GlennPrice94) April 21, 2017
Now, statements on Tranmere's and Chester's respective official websites have clarified their positions on the red top, and both Rovers and the Blues have joined the Merseysiders' cause by also putting a blanket ban on the Sun.
Tranmere, who are based across from Liverpool and Everton on the Wirral, revealed that a ban on the Sun's presence had been in effect since 2015 as they backed the Premier League duo and fan group Don't Buy the S*n's crusade to remove the paper from Merseyside.
The club's statement read: "We have been asked to clarify the Club's position in relation to the Sun newspaper.
"The Sun does not generally report on National League games and as such Sun reporters have never been present at the Club for the past 2 seasons.
"Furthermore, we can confirm that any requests for interviews or comments by the Sun have been declined. There has therefore been a de facto ban in place at least since 2015.
"As a Club we absolutely deplore the paper's disgraceful reporting of the Hillsborough disaster. The recent story published by the Sun containing comments were made which were both racist and deeply offensive to Merseysiders shows that the paper continues to treat the people of Liverpool with contempt, and as such the de facto ban on the paper will remain in place."
Chester, meanwhile, stated their support with Liverpool and Everton was absolute in the wake of Kelvin Mackenzie's slanderous 'the Truth' article about Hillsborough 28 years ago, as well as the result terrible column piece on Barkley.
They said: "Chester Football Club is in the privileged position of not having any dealings with the Sun Newspaper. However, it goes without saying that we utterly condemn recent comments in that paper relating to Ross Barkley and, of course, the dreadful coverage of the tragic events at Hillsborough.
"We fully support our friends at Liverpool and Everton in the stance that they have taken, and will reflect that position in any dealings we have in the future."
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