Southampton’s photography ban fails to develop

Southampton proposal to ban photographers from taking pictures of home games and to give exclusive rights to Digital South seems to be falling apart as that company is pulling out of the deal, reports euFootball.BIZ.

Southampton proposal to ban photographers from taking pictures of home games and to give exclusive rights to Digital South seems to be falling apart as that company is pulling out of the deal, reports euFootball.BIZ.

Digital South was intended to be the single point outlet for all agencies to get their pictures.

Digital South owner, Robin Jones, told the MediaGuardian.co.uk that he had declined the offer. "I disagreed with their stance on a total ban of photographers from any media source. I voiced this opinion to the club and genuinely thought that the ban would not take place.

“It became clear to me on Thursday that this ban was indeed happening and so I rang the club to inform them of my decision to decline their offer….Basically, a ban on photographers is simply a bad idea.

“We felt that we were between a rock and a hard place, because we are sure that another agency or photographer might come forward to do this work for Southampton. But it is not something we are prepared to do."
There had been widespread criticism of this decision from various media outlets.