Reading Chronicle editor suspended over 'hooliganism' article

The Madejski Stadium Image copyright Ben Hoskins
Image caption Reading Chronicle has apologised for the story, which cited hooliganism by Reading FC fans

The editor of a local newspaper has been suspended after publishing a front-page story about football hooliganism.

Reading Chronicle editor Maurice O'Brien has been suspended while publisher Berkshire Media Group carries out its own investigation.

The story, headlined The Other Face Of Football, cited hooliganism involving Reading FC fans.

The paper's front page this week carries an apology for the article.

Among the claims made in the piece were that Reading fans made Nazi salutes, were drunk and fought with visiting supporters.

'Exemplary record'

This led to a public outcry and caused Reading chairman Sir John Madejski to "suspend all dealings" with the paper for its "unwarranted attack".

Ten complaints were made to the Press Complaints Commission over the article.

The apology states: "We fully accept that Reading Football Club has an exemplary record of policing their ground and Royals fans have a well-deserved reputation for excellent behaviour.

"Unfortunately our article and the front page in particular did not make this clear."

Reacting to the apology letter, Sir John said: "We did not take the decision lightly to suspend our relationship with the Chronicle.

"With today's front cover rightly dedicated to an apology, we are looking to make progress and rebuild our valued partnership."

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