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Complainant Name:
Mr Thomas Ledger

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Yorkshire Evening Post


Mr Thomas Ledger complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice about an article which reported that police were appealing for help to find ‘Sheffield hooligans who targeted Leeds fans' at a fixture at Hillsborough in October 2012. The complainant expressed concern that the article misled readers as to who was responsible for the violence in question. He also noted that the newspaper had failed to make clear that a sign which fell from the Upper West Stand had been occupied by Leeds fans for the game.


Following its own investigation into the matter the newspaper accepted that the headline was inaccurate. The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology and appropriate amendments to the online article:

Appeal over fans

The headline on an article of February 1 about a police appeal for information over hooliganism surrounding the Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United match on October 19 stated "Plea to name Sheffield hooligans who targeted Leeds fans".

The appeal from South Yorkshire Police actually related to ten Leeds supporters and not Sheffield Wednesday fans. We apologise for the error and are happy to clarify the situation.

Date Published: 02/04/2013

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