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Line is drawn at photo ban

ENGLISH League One side Southampton took the unusual step of banning all photographers from their stadium for last weekend's match.

The visiting team's newspaper handled it well, reducing the comical situation to, well, a comic.

Southampton tried to force media outlets to purchase game photos from the club's official photographer. That didn't sit well with the Plymouth Herald, covering the visiting Argyle. So the Herald commissioned city historian Chris Robinson to draw the key moments from Saturday's season opener, including Luke Summerfield's match winner.

Artist and lifelong Plymouth fan Robinson penned them while watching Saturday's match on TV.

Robinson said: "I have never done anything like this before, I have never known it happen before.

"I would have no aversion to doing it again. It was a great result."

The score draws look set to continue with Southampton confirming they have no plans to drop the ban on outside cameras.

"The club has decided to make available to external media organisations photographic images taken by the club's own professional sports photographers only," Southampton said. "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."


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