The Daily Mail has launched a petition to save a football club that has been blocked by the internet giant.
The petition calls for the website of Preston North End to be restored to its former glory and says the move is a “huge injustice” that has “shattered trust” in the internet.
The website of the Lancashire club, who are in League One, went dark in January after the BBC announced it would no longer air a programme on the club.
The BBC’s Sportsweek programme included an interview with the club’s owner, the late Sir Alex Ferguson, who died in May.
The programme was later replaced by a show hosted by Gary Lineker.
“This has been an absolutely heartbreaking, heart-wrenching experience for all of us who have worked so hard to build Preston North East Football Club into a great football club,” the petition said.
“Sir Alex was one of our club’s best fans and we owe him much, not least because he was a fan of the club and a supporter of our team.”
We now demand that the BBC’s decision to close the club is reversed and that the website can be restored.
“The petition has already garnered more than 60,000 signatures, and the website will not be back online until Wednesday.
The campaign was launched by David Levene, who also works as a journalist for the Daily Mail, and has written a blog post outlining his concerns.
He said: “It has been a massive injustice that has shattered trust in the BBC and the internet, which is why we have signed this petition.
The BBC is currently investigating why the website was not restored. “
I would be happy to take part in the petition if there were no reason why I should not.”
The BBC is currently investigating why the website was not restored.
“To help make sure that the programme can be played on, we have put in place an automated process that allows users to check if they have access to the website at any time.” “
Preston North have yet to comment on the petition, but their fans have welcomed the news. “
To help make sure that the programme can be played on, we have put in place an automated process that allows users to check if they have access to the website at any time.”
Preston North have yet to comment on the petition, but their fans have welcomed the news.
One tweeted: “Great news: BBC has reinstated Preston North.
Thanks for fighting for our club!
Thanks for your support!”
Another wrote: “So sad to hear the news that the internet is shutting down Preston North’s website!
Restored Preston North to its glory, thanks for everything!”
The club’s fans have also shared messages of support online.
One user wrote: “#Restored Preston, your fans have been incredible for over 40 years, and you will never be forgotten.”
A post shared by John (@johnjhayes) on May 11, 2018 at 7:57am PDT Preston North tweeted a photo of their supporters and wrote: #RestoredPreston #Prestonia.
#RestorePrestons Fans have also joined a GoFundMe page set up to help the club with their legal fees.
It has already raised more than £30,000.
The club are set to play their home game against Manchester City at Preston North on May 17.
A statement on the team’s website said: A club with a history of supporting the football community has lost a very important member of the Preston North community.
We will now be focusing on our new campaign to raise money to help our football club with its legal costs and rebuilding the club website.
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