Scottish club ban The Sun newspaper for 'factually misleading' article

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Scottish Premiership club Livingston have banned The Scottish Sun and The Sun Group newspapers from the club's stadium.

Scottish club Livingston ban The Sun newspaper for 'factually misleading' article
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This follows an article featured in the newspaper and online titled: "Suspected cocaine stash found in toilet of Scots Premiership outfit Livingston's stadium."

In a statement, the club said the paper made a "despicable misrepresentation of the facts".

The Scottish Sun's article makes the following false and contradictory claim: "A suspected cocaine stash was found in a toilet at Livi's stadium".

Despite admitting an empty bag was handed to a WLYF member of staff, The Sun chose to publish a stock photo from Getty Images of a bag full of white powder. The club views this as a despicable misrepresentation of the facts.

The Scottish Sun then quotes a source at the club, but in the very next sentence states "Livingston FC would not comment."

It's a disgraceful piece of scaremongering over an empty bag. The reporter was issued with a statement from the WLYF but chose not to refer to it. No one at the club was asked for a statement.

The club regularly feature "Kick addiction out of your life" advertising on behalf of Narcotics, Alcohol, and Gamblers Anonymous free of charge and we have a no tolerance policy within the stadium.

The Sun and its group newspaper reporters are barred from the stadium with immediate effect. Livingston Football Club is also preparing a formal complaint to the press regulator.

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