Saturday 21 October 2017

Sven-Goran Eriksson's lover 'was hacked by tabloid'

Faria Alam
Faria Alam

Alex Diaz London

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's mistress received £300,000 ( €360,000) to sell her story to two Sunday newspapers, a jury has been told.

Faria Alam (47) began an affair with Eriksson while working as a secretary at the FA and the Old Bailey has heard "first details" emerged when the 'News of the World' (NOTW) hacked their phones.

After she was fired because of the relationship in September 2004, publicist Max Clifford cut a deal for the NOTW and 'Mail on Sunday' to give her £150,000 each for her side of the story, the court heard.

In a statement read out in court, Ms Alam said Eriksson started pursuing her shortly after she joined the FA in April 2003.

The affair began after he took her on dinner dates and then lunch in a private dining room in London, the court heard.

"I was impressed – I would say in the office I was going for longer lunches. I'm not sure if they knew I was going with Sven," she said.

The court heard that Ms Alam's phone was hacked by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire on behalf of the NOTW in June 2004.

Ms Alam later "freaked out" after Eriksson told her reporters knew about their relationship.

Mulcaire has already admitted phone hacking.

The trial continues.

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