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Complainant Name:
Mr Jonathan Twigg

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Milford Mercury

Complaint:

Mr Jonathan Twigg of Haverfordwest complained that a report of an abandoned football match between Milford United and Haverfordwest County, which he had officiated, was inaccurate and misleading when he was quoted despite his insistence that he did not wish to comment to the reporter. The complainant was also concerned that the article inaccurately explained the circumstances in which two players were sent off and incorrectly identified the individual who threw a linesman’s flag at him following the game’s abandonment.

The newspaper stated that the complainant had initially spoken to its reporter and then announced that he did not wish to comment further on the matter. It produced contemporaneous shorthand notes to corroborate this position.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper – which had offered the complainant an opportunity to reply in the form of a published letter – agreed to meet privately with him to discuss the entire case. While the outcome of the meeting was not entirely satisfactory, the complainant wished for there to be a summary of the complaint on the Commission’s website.

Report: 75



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