NPA's campaign receives first setback at Cup Final

The Newspaper Publishers Association’s campaign to get standard accreditation terms accepted by events organisers received its first setback at the FA Cup Final on Saturday.

Photographers and journalists were confronted with restrictive conditions of entry from the Football Association to cover the match between Southampton and Arsenal. They were not as restrictive as those rejected by the association in February, but were nevertheless “disappointing and not compatible with our points of principle”, said NPA director Steve Oram. “We will be pursuing that.”

The NPA has still to hear from Football DataCo, the commercial arm of the FA Premiership, of its reaction to the association’s suggested terms and remains concerned that the football season is fast approaching.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club has still to respond. Oram has written this week to Goodwood Motor Racing and the Royal Air Force International Tattoo conveying the NPA’s terms.

A meeting with Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Association on 12 May was “constructive and conducted in a productive atmosphere”, he said.

“We are cautiously encouraged by what they said.”

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