Newcastle United fan banned over gender tweets launches legal action against club

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She is being helped in her legal action by the Free Speech Union, which helped to organise the crowdfunding campaign. Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union, said: “For Newcastle to punish a fan for saying she thinks sex is biological and immutable — a view 99 per cent of their fans and 100 per cent of the club’s owners agree with — is a grotesque interference in free speech. Jill Levene, legal counsel of the Free Speech Union, said: “Linzi expressed her legally protected gender-critical beliefs and as a result found herself investigated by the police and the Premier League, and banned by her beloved football club. No service provider or membership association should wield such power and the purpose of legal action is to ensure that she is duly compensated for the infringement of her rights under the Equality Act and the Data Protection Act, and the harm she has suffered as a result.”

Gordon Rayner, The Telegraph, 27th April 2024.