Sunday 19 November 2017

Manchester United footballer loses anonymity in sex trial

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A Manchester United footballer who had a one-night stand with a fitness instructor has lost a court case to keep his anonymity after she was wrongly depicted in court as a blackmailer.

Marcos Rojo (25) has a long-term partner and a two-year-old daughter. He engaged in sexual activity with Sarah Watson (34) after meeting her at a Christmas party last December, the court heard.

The court was told that Ms Watson "demanded £100,000 not to publish a kiss and tell story in a tabloid".

The judge later said the court had not been told all the facts and he removed the footballer's anonymity, as well as ordering him to pay Ms Watson's legal fees, The Times reports.

Mr Justice Warby said it was in fact the footballer's representatives that attempted to 'buy off' Ms Watson after she revealed she had signed an agreement with a tabloid newspaper to describe the night.

Mr Rojo, a defender who played in the 2014 World Cup final for Argentina, had previously been granted the anonymity order after his lawyers told the court Ms Watson had demanded the money.

The judge has now ordered Mr Rojo to pay the fitness instructor's estimated £35,000 legal costs.

Ms Watson has described the legal battle as a 'total nightmare' and said she lost weight and suffered from sleep loss as she tried to clear her name.

Ms Watson said she met the footballer at a party on December 15 last year, before she was invited back to a party at Mr Rojo's friend's house.

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