Sky Sports to stop supporters from featuring in transfer deadline day coverage

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Sky Sports are planning to move away from previous supporter-led broadcasts this forthcoming transfer deadline day after taking the decision to scrap their outside coverage in the final hours of the mid-season window.

The Daily Telegraph reports that fans will be prevented from appearing on the Sky Sports News HQ channel behind roving reporters following disruption to the TV broadcaster's live output last summer.

Traditional minute-by-minute coverage was marred by several groups of vociferous supporters up and down the country, as ugly footage involving fireworks, sex toys and other obscene outbursts emerged across the 24-hour news channel back in September.

Sky is understood to have taken the unprecedented step of asking clubs to allow its team of journalists inside their stadia and training grounds to continue reporting in the closing stages of the market without compromise.

Most clubs are thought to be behind the decision in the hope it will deter supporters from congregating outside entrances and exits and generally causing disruption as the late window deals reach fever pitch.

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Media watchdog Ofcom received 16 separate complaints in the aftermath of several unsavoury incidents last year, forcing senior executives and producers to change their approach to coverage on an increasingly important day in the football calendar.

Sky have insisted that supporters will remain a key part of their ongoing coverage moving forward, and in a statement released today have encouraged fans to continue interacting with the corporation by sharing thoughts and opinions on deadline day activities through social media.

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