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Ulster Rugby appears to be easing news media ban


Sacked star: Paddy Jackson

Sacked star: Paddy Jackson

Sacked star: Paddy Jackson

Ulster Rugby appears to have eased restrictions on news reporters attending its pre-match press conferences.

The ban on news outlets was enforced last month after the club sacked stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were cleared of rape.

Ulster Rugby blamed the move on the conduct of news reporters at a previous press conference, held in the wake of the players' acquittal. They restricted two subsequent pre-match press conferences to sports writers.

The prohibition was criticised by the National Union of Journalists, which wrote to the club to complain about what it described as an "unacceptable attempt to control media coverage".

The Press Association, which was barred from the two press conferences in April, has been informed it is likely to be permitted to attend today's media event to preview this weekend's European Champions Cup play-off game against the Ospreys.

However, the club declined to confirm if restrictions on other news outlets remained.

The Belfast Telegraph contacted the club, but did not receive a response last night.

Belfast Telegraph