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LET'S SORT THIS OUT; NUST open to healing wounds with Magpies.

Byline: Neil Cameron Sports Writer neil.cameron@trinitymirror.com

THE Newcastle United Supporters Trust have extended an olive branch to the club after being banned from the newly-formed Fans Forum.

They are willing to meet club officials to discuss if there is any way to move forward after last week's decision to bar them after just one meeting.

We understand the club is unhappy the Trust released their minutes from the inaugural meeting on September 23 before the other Forum members had a chance to read them.

Trust member Colin Whittle, however, claims that no such agreement had been in place.

His members fear that it was the manner of their questions that upset club bosses.

But if the only problem was a misunderstanding over the timing of publication, then NUST would be happy to reopen the lines of communication that were shut last Friday.

Whittle, who speaks exclusively in today's Black and White Extra about the situation, said: "It is disappointing to be banned after one meeting.

They are similar to "Nothing is irretrievable. We did not go in there for a fight. We want an open relationship with the club. We want to have a constructive relationship. minutes "Let's get together with the people who are organising the forums.

"Let's talk about why we are banned and if it is (a problem with) protocol then we will be perfectly happy to sit down again.

"They would have to accept that we would ask difficult questions, but we would always be open to discussion.

"We would never say no. That would be cutting off your nose to spite your face."

" The Chronicle understands that the footballremarkably the club's Colin Whittle club may be open to such discussions taken place.

But there are some within the club who feel the Trust deliberately stepped over the line by making public their own minutes, something Whittle and his organisation categorically deny.

The next Fans Forum meeting takes place at St James' Park on Monday, December 16 and at this moment the Trust, a legally constituted organisation, will not be represented.

The Trust's minutes were written up by their sole representative, Peter Fanning, 48 hours after the first meeting.

Whittle claims the club said they would publish the minutes on their website within 24 hours, which did not happen.

Whittle said: "There certainly wasn't any intention of 'winning the race' to give the first account of the Forum meeting, it was a case of Newcastle United putting their minutes up late and not NUST rushing to put up our account first.

"They are remarkably similar to the club's minutes. There is nothing in there that is controversial.

"The meeting was five weeks ago...the ban came from nowhere and without warning."

They are remarkably similar to the club's minutes Colin Whittle
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2013
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