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".
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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."