IRB accused of bullying

LONDON - A coalition of international news agencies called on the French government on Saturday to help settle a dispute with the International Rugby Board over the publication of photographs at the World Cup in France.

LONDON - A coalition of international news agencies called on the French government on Saturday to help settle a dispute with the International Rugby Board over the publication of photographs at the World Cup in France.

The IRB, the sport's governing body, is trying to control the number of photos that news agencies and other media outlets can distribute to newspapers and we sites, and how the images can be presented.

The World Cup starts on Friday at the Stade de France, near Paris. There are 20 teams competing for a spot in the final on October 20.

"The IRB has attempted to tell editors how pictures can be displayed in newspapers, have sought an entitlement to use news organisation pictures and to impose quotas on how many pictures can be used during tournament games," the coalition said. - Sapa-AP

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