Friday 20 September 2019

Third England player wins press reports ban

Mark Hughes in London

A THIRD England footballer has won an injunction banning the reporting of allegations about his private life.

The gagging order was granted on Saturday evening by a High Court judge. Two other internationals have been granted a similar order in recent weeks. None can be named under the orders.

Concern has mounted about the use of privacy injunctions.

The former England football team captain, John Terry, was awarded one in January preventing reporting about his alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the former partner of his England team-mate Wayne Bridge. The order was later repealed and the judge said he believed Terry's real concern was the effect publication would have on his sponsorship deals rather than his privacy.

Earlier this month golfer Colin Montgomerie successfully won an injunction that prevents the media from reporting details of his private life.

There was also controversy last year after an injunction granted to the Swiss multinational Trafigura appeared to restrict what British MPs could say in Parliament regarding reports that it was dumping toxic waste off the Ivory Coast. (©Independent News Service)

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