Legendary John McGinlay Banned by Bolton Wanderers

  • January 18, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers have taken the decision to ban John McGinlay from the press box for Monday's fixture against West Bromwich Albion.

McGinlay, who was scheduled to be a match summariser for BBC Radio Manchester, has been told he will not be granted entry into the University of Bolton Stadium following recent comments made about manager Phil Parkinson and club owner Ken Anderson, as well as his planned involvement in a pre-match protest with supporters.

A statement, posted on Twitter by BBC Radio Manchester, read: "We are very disappointed to hear John McGinlay's accreditation request to cover Monday's game for BBC Radio Manchester has been denied.

"We do not feel it is right for the club to decide who is able to be part of our commentary team and who is not.

"As far as being supportive of the team is concerned, we have a duty to be fair and impartial and that also means hearing the concerns of fans and raising their questions, in addition to giving the club's viewpoint.

"It's not uncommon, or unfair, for clubs to feel questioned or challenged when things aren't going well on or off the pitch; this isn't something we shouly shy away from covering on behalf of faithful fans."

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