03 May 2007
Shevchenko wins libel damages
Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has won substantial undisclosed damages for libel after suing a newspaper which alleged he was "a dressing room spy".
The Daily Mirror ran four stories in which a series of allegations were made, including one that made the claim that his colleagues did not trust the Ukranian player and that he was reporting his coach Jose Mourinho's activities to his close friend club owner Roman Abramovich.
Meanwhile, further articles claimed that the player had pleaded with Abramovich to install Carlo Ancelotti as manager in place of Mourihno and dubbed the player "a snitch".
Shevchenko claimed that the articles had damaged his professional reputation and had been a source of embarrassment and distress for his family.
The damages were awarded after the Mirror's editor and its publishers Mirror Group Newspapers accepted the allegations were untrue, agreed to issue an apology to the player and not to republish the libels.