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Complainant Name:
Corin Willis

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Observer


Corin Willis complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a comment piece on racism which erroneously included an example of an allegedly racist incident which, in fact, the courts had found could not be proven. He argued that this represented a breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction online and in print:

In "I wasn't able to protect my brother - but now I can help other people" (News, 10 June) we referred to "a fan caught racially abusing an Oldham player", referring to an arrest at Anfield on 6 January. We should make it clear that in March the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case, saying what evidence there was appeared to support the suspect's account of events.

Date Published: 30/08/2012

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