Sunday 21 July 2019

Roy Keane legal action against Paddy Power over 'Braveheart' billboard admitted to Commercial Court

Roy Keane was not amused by the billboard
Roy Keane was not amused by the billboard

Aodhan O'Faolain

Roy Keane's legal action against bookmaker Paddy Power over the firms alleged use of his face on a mocked up image of 'Braveheart' will be heard by the Commercial Court the big business division of the HIgh Court.

The action relates to a billboard featuring Mr Keane as Scottish hero William Wallace - in a still from Oscar-winning film 'Braveheart' - which was allegedly placed on the side of a 40ft truck and driven around Dublin ahead of Ireland's recent match against Scotland.

The Euro 2016 qualifier which finished 1-1 was played on June 13 last.

This morning the action was admitted to the Commercial Court list by Mr Justice Brian McGovern.

Michael Howard SC for Mr Keane said the action was one of an alleged passing off.

Jim O Callaghan SC  for Paddy Power said his side were neither consenting nor objecting to the action being admitted to the list.

The matter will return before the court in November.

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