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SBD Global/December 20, 2013/Media

Football League CEO Shaun Harvey At Center Of 'Damning' Ofcom Ruling

Football League CEO Shaun Harvey "is at the centre of a damning ruling" by regulator Ofcom over "unjust and unfair" broadcasts amounting to "harassment" made by Leeds United's in-house radio station, Yorkshire Radio, while he was the club's CEO, according to David Conn of the London GUARDIAN. Ofcom found that in Dec. '10, Harvey "instructed" Yorkshire Radio to make at least six broadcasts claiming they were "searching for the whereabouts of Melvyn Levi", a former club director, because the club was "suing Levi for money they claimed he owed." The ruling found that when a club representative went to Levi's home to serve legal papers on him, Carole Levi said that "truthfully, that Melvyn was away." Harvey and Bates "did not believe that, however, and Harvey then told Yorkshire Radio to make the broadcasts, inviting fans to look out for Levi and contact the radio station if he was spotted." Ofcom found that this use of the club's radio station "amounted to harassment of Levi, and breached Ofcom's code requiring broadcasters to avoid unfair and unjust treatment of people" (GUARDIAN, 12/18).
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