The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) -  the democratic organisation representing the rights of fans in England and Wales - has passed a motion which called on all fans groups to lobby their clubs and retailers in their local areas to stop selling The Sun newspaper.

At the FSF summit, all 70 fan groups represented (including those of Manchester United, and Chelsea) voted unanimously for a national boycott of The Sun, as reported by the ​Liverpool Echo.

The various supporters groups will now continue the work of the campaign launched by the Liverpool-based Total Eclipse of the S*n group.

The Sun has been boycotted in the Liverpool area for some time and earlier in 2017, both Liverpool and Everton banned the newspaper from all club premises for its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed 96 lives, and more recently a racist article comparing Ross Barkley to a gorilla.

The passed motion to call on a boycott of the newspaper, which comes just days after the news that six people (including former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield) will face charges over the Hillsborough disaster, is now official FSF policy.

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Speaking after the motion was passed, Mr Bentham said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the motion was passed and passed unanimously," said Roy Bentham, who proposed the motion.

“Usually a motion will create some debate or amendments, but this just passed straight through without a single delegate voting against it.

“It means that all these fans groups up and down the country will now go and put pressure on their clubs to ban The Sun and to call on shopkeepers and vendors around the grounds to stop selling it.”