Teenager feels wrath of Town bosses
TEENAGER Justin Johnson is Ipswich Town-mad and runs a website devoted to the club from his bedroom.But now he has accused the club of "bullying tactics" after it threatened legal action over an on-line dispute.
TEENAGER Justin Johnson is Ipswich Town-mad and runs a website devoted to the club from his bedroom.
But now he has accused the club of "bullying tactics" after it threatened legal action over an on-line dispute.
Justin has temporarily shut down his Internet page – www.ITFConline.net – after the club complained about possible confusion with its official website and the "unacceptable" use of its initials.
Club chairman David Sheepshanks wrote to the 17-year-old on Monday to tell him his website "extends far beyond the bounds of the club's toleration".
The Town chief insisted the Suffolk College student should add disclaimers to highlight its unofficial status and create a portal page – which would give web surfers a choice between Justin's page and the official club site at www.itfc.co.uk.
Mr Sheepshanks said the club would consider further action if the student failed to agree to their terms.
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Justin, of Inkerman Terrace, Hadleigh, accepted the chairman "had some fair points" but said he felt the club's approach had been heavy-handed.
"I am prepared to put some disclaimers on the site but I will not be creating a portal page and I do not want to change its name," he said. "This has really upset me and I think it's bullying tactics to get people to use the official site.
"I have replied to the club telling them my position and I am waiting to hear back. Hopefully we can reach a settlement and I'll put the site back on-line but it seems they are not keen on my site and are going to make life difficult for me."