Reading Chronicle editor leaves paper over 'hooliganism' article

The Madejski Stadium Image copyright Ben Hoskins
Image caption Reading Chronicle issued an apology for the story, which cited hooliganism by Reading FC fans

The editor of a local newspaper investigated over a front-page story about football hooliganism has "left his job", the publisher has said.

Reading Chronicle editor Maurice O'Brien had been suspended while publisher Berkshire Media Group investigated the article.

The 20 March story, headlined The Other Face Of Football, cited hooliganism involving Reading FC fans.

Staff were told Mr O'Brien had "left the business with immediate effect".

He had run the news desk at the Chronicle since 1997, before being promoted to editor earlier this year at the age of 64.

Among the claims made in the piece were that Reading fans made Nazi salutes, were drunk and fought with visiting supporters.

It led to a public outcry and caused the club's chairman Sir John Madejski to "suspend all dealings" with the paper for its "unwarranted attack".

The Press Complaints Commission received 10 complaints about the article.

The paper later carried an apology for the article on its front page.

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