Friday 25 May 2018

England footballer granted continuation of gagging order

Martin Evans

An England footballer has been granted a continuation of a gagging order preventing the publication of details of his private life.

Lawyers representing the millionaire sportsman – identified in court simply as ZXC – won an extension to the injunction which was originally granted last week.

The case was heard in private after his counsel Hugh Tomlinson QC successfully argued that the case involved the misuse of private information.

After the 45-minute hearing lawyers confirmed that the order had been continued by Mr Justice Kenneth Parker.

The unnamed footballer, who is a household name, applied for a gagging order after it emerged that an individual was planning to reveal details of his private life.

His injunction came just days after another England international was granted a similar order.

Earlier this month it emerged that Colin Montgomerie, the Scottish golfer and captain of the European Ryder Cup team had won an injunction to halt the disclosure of claims about his private life.

In January former England football captain John Terry lost an attempt to block publication of details of an extramarital affair he had been conducting with a former team-mate’s ex-girlfriend.

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