Southampton Football Club is continuing its ban on media organisations sending their own photographers to cover matches at its St. Mary's home ground.
Southampton says it will now sell pictures taken by its own club photographers after an exclusive deal with a photo agency fell through.
The club says in a statement on its website: "The Club has decided to make available to external media organisations photographic images taken by the Club's own professional sports photographers only. These images will be available to all media organisations on normal commercial terms. The purpose of this is solely to protect the Club's commercial revenues derived from the use of its wholly-owned images. Saints fans will of course continue to be able to see a wide range of match day photography on the Club website."
The statement also says: "Following selected media comment the Club wishes to make clear that no media organisations, whether they be local or national press, have been banned from reporting on matches at St Mary's Stadium. Providing that each such organisation has made the usual application to attend any matches to the Club's media department, and has the standard Accreditation Licence, they will continue to be welcome at the Club."
Southampton are home to Bournemouth tonight in the first round of the Carling Cup.
- The Plymouth Herald got an illustrator to provide Roy of the Rovers style drawings of Saturday's match between Plymouth Argyle and Southampton after its photographer was banned from St. Mary's.