Tuesday 23 January 2018

Paul Kimmage must pay former UCI president Hein Verbruggen €10,800 after losing libel case

Paul Kimmage
Paul Kimmage
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Renowned sports journalist Paul Kimmage has been ordered to pay former UCI president Hein Verbruggen libel damages of CHF12,000 (€10,856) including legal fees.

Verbruggen, his successor Pat McQuaid and the UCI initiated the action against Kimmage in January 2012 for articles published in The Sunday Times and for comments Kimmage gave to a number of other news outlets.

The ruling forbids Kimmage to say that “Verbruggen tolerated doping, masked positive tests, is dishonest, did not behave responsibly, did not apply the same rules for all [and] did not pursue Lance Armstrong after he had been provided with a backdated certificate”.

Later in 2012, Armstrong was banned from the sport for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

The former professional cyclist tweeted an image of the ruling this morning and last month thanked his family for their support in the case which has been running for almost five years.

Jaimie Fuller, founder of compression clothing firm Skins and a campaigner against corruption in sporting governing bodies, was also thanked by the Dubliner after stepping in to help him in his court battle.

The ruling also stated that Kimmage must communicate the ruling in the Sunday Times, L’Equipe, Swiss paper Au Temps and on the NYVelocity.com website.

Kimmage has previously agreed to pay the legal fees of the UCI and Pat McQuaid after both parties withdrew from the lawsuit but Verbruggen continued with his action.

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