Manchester United have lodged a formal complaint with the Independent Press Standards Association about The Sun’s coverage of the recent attack on executive vice chairman Ed Woodward’s Cheshire home.
The complaint, leaked in a Tweet by BBC News’ sports editor Dan Roan, centres around the club’s belief that the newspaper had advanced knowledge of the attack.
‘[The club believes that the] journalist was present as it happened. The quality of the images accompanying the story indicates that a photographer was also present’ the complaint alleges. ‘Not only did the journalist fail to discharge the basic responsibility of a member of society to report an impending crime … his presence both encouraged and rewarded the perpetrators’.
Breaking: Man Utd makes a formal complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation over The Sun’s coverage of the attack on the house of Exec Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward.
Utd says it believes the newspaper “had received advance notice of the intended attack” pic.twitter.com/PqIUBBUSx2
— Dan Roan (@danroan) February 7, 2020
The club’s complaint comes in light of a number of fans’ observations on social media that questioned the veracity of the story.
Many have even gone so far as to claim that Woodward himself, whose new PR company is owned and run by former Sun reporter Neil Ashton, was behind the attack on himself, in a PR stunt aimed at garnering sympathy from fans.
While this will never be admitted for obvious reasons….. Ed Woodward and the “attack” is nothing more than a PR stunt to change the narrative surrounding him.
Powerful people within powerful organizations have the ability to create false perceptions of reality #MUFC
— AnuNaki (@4bidnKnawledge) January 29, 2020
Whatever the case, The Sun now faces a legal battle to explain its involvement in the incident on January 29th.