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Complainant Name:
Steven Mole

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Steven Mole complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about the 2018 World Cup bid misleadingly suggested that Russia's sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, had claimed that he had "come across unpleasant sentiments when he attended a Newcastle United match three years ago" and that a racist banner at a Lokomotiv Moscow match was "no worse" than what he witnessed at the game. The complainant had pointed to the precise words that Mr Mutko had said, which did not specify the nature of the unpleasantness he had encountered.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the amendment of the online article to make clear that Mutko had not specified the nature of the unpleasantness he had come across at the match and the removal of subheading on the article. The following footnote was placed at the end of the article making clear the revisions:

The sixth paragraph of this article was amended on 8 October 2010 to clarify that Vitaly Mutko did not specify the nature of the unpleasantness he encountered while attending the match at Newcastle United. A line of standfirst (subheading) that compared the Lokomotiv Moscow banner with behaviour at Newcastle was also removed.

Date Published: 03/11/2010

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