Newcastle United have banned the Daily Telegraph newspaper from their ground in protest at a story by the paper.
The Premier League club were incensed by a piece written by the Telegraph's North-East correspondent Luke Edwards which suggested the club's dressing room was in danger of a "damaging split."
Edwards wrote: "Telegraph Sport understands that there is concern that the large French contingent on Tyneside do not care as much about the team’s demise and have failed to grasp what is needed to succeed in English football."
Newcastle responded by sending a solicitor's letter demanding an apology and removable of the story from the Telegraph website before they would deal with the newspaper again.
The letter said: "Having carefully considered the content of the article Newcastle United have asked for it to be made clear that unless a full apology is received from the Daily Telegraph and the article is immediately withdrawn from the Telegraph online edition, then both Luke Edwards and any representative of the Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph will be banned from attending St James' Park and from attending any Newcastle United pre-match press conferences and all Newcastle United player interviews at the training facilities with immediate effect."
The Telegraph have decided to stick by their story saying: "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."