01 June 2007
Venables to sue the Sun for libel
Terry Venables, the assistant coach to the England football team manager, is to sue the Sun for libel damages, it has been reported.
Mr Venables complaint arises from an article published in October 2006, which was headed "The Brady Punch" and "El Tel is a wrong choice, Macca".
He complained to the newspaper about the allegedly defamatory content within four days of it running, but claims that proposed action moves in reparation of the story have been unsatisfactory.
As a result, he is now seeking libel damages and an injunction to prevent the alleged defamatory content being repeated.
The High Court writ, cited by the Press Gazette, says that the article claimed Mr Venables was wrong for the role and that while working for the Football Association, he had been guilty of "instances of bribery, lying, deception, the manipulation of accounts and taking money that should have been given to creditors".
Prior to working as Mr McClaren's assistant, Mr Venables had himself managed the England team in the 1990s.