Newcastle United have threatened to ban any sports journalist from the Telegraph attending future fixtures held at St. James' Park.

North-east sports correspondent Luke Edwards wrote of the "tension" in the United dressing room and claimed that some individuals are "more interested in complaining about tactics and their own personal agendas rather than helping the club to survive".

This report came two days after Alan Pardew's side were thrashed 6-0 at home by Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool, and Edwards believed that the large number of French players at the club were largely to blame for this "damaging split".

Newcastle United did not take these allegations well and immediately contacted their London-based solicitors, who sent a letter to The Telegraph demanding that Edwards' article be removed from their website along with an apology from the newspaper, otherwise Edwards - and any other representative from the newspaper - would be banned from any Newcastle United fixtures, press conferences or player interviews.

Two days later, the Telegraph posted an article on the ban which read: "We regret the club's decision to ban the Telegraph from attending matches and press conferences, but will not allow it to prevent us providing the most incisive, trustworthy Newcastle coverage, rather than pandering to what the club want you to read".

It is understood that Newcastle United are yet to receive a formal apology from the Telegraph and some insist that the paper is "at war" with the Tyneside club.

Nevertheless, these reports cannot help the Magpies in their bid for top-flight survival.

Whilst they remain furious at these so called "revelations", it's safe to say that we won't be seeing any Telegraph reporters at St. James' Park for a while. 


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