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Times Series banned from The Hive by Barnet Football Club
10:36am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
The Times Series has been banned from attending matches at The Hive by Barnet Football Club bringing more than 100 years of coverage to a halt.
We were informed of the move yesterday evening.
It came after the club's HR manager Steve Barron emailed the news desk claiming the football club's solicitors would be taking action following our article on Friday, which revealed staff had been deducted money from their wages.
Mr Barron claimed the content of our article was 'extremely defamatory'.
The Times Series contacted the football club on Friday requesting a response before publishing the article online. The football club refused to comment.
We have again asked the Bees for an explanation. We have asked the club to highlight any inaccuracies contained within our article. The club now says until the legal formalities have been addressed it will not enter into any correspondence or dialogue with this newspaper. We stand by our story.
The ban comes after the Times Series wrote a number of articles attempting to address the concerns of fans and Edgware residents following the football club's relocation to The Hive.
Despite complaints from both Barnet Football Club and Harrow Borough Council not one inaccuracy has been identified in any of our articles.
This newspaper supported the football club and its chairman Tony Kleanthous as they fought a bitter battle with Barnet Council before leaving Underhill.
It has championed the Back2Barnet campaign set up by fans who want their football club to remain in the Borough of Barnet - an initiative Mr Kleanthous also claims to support.
When we were contacted by the football club's staff members - who claimed money had been deducted from their pay without warning - we hoped the club would simply explain it was a mix up following the introduction of a new clocking in and out system at The Hive. We hoped it might apologise and offer to reimburse those affected immediately. With that, the story would be over and the Times Series would have done its bit by solving an issue for those who came to us for help.
Sadly the silence was deafening and we were left with no choice but to publish the story based on the information given to us by concerned members of staff.
Yesterday we were informed that our sports reporter would not be welcome at The Hive.
Sadly it is not us who will suffer but the fans who enjoy reading match reports immediately after the game via our website. The fans who follow our twitter account @Barnet_Bee in their droves for goal alerts or the latest team news.
Barnet Bee will of course be at Braintree on Monday.
The Times Series, though, would like to wish Edgar Davids, the players and fans, all innocent parties in this pointless spat, all the very best for the rest of the season.
Up the Bees.
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