13 March 2008
Cristiano Ronaldo to sue over libel claims
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has begun legal proceedings against a UK newspaper over alleged libel, it has been revealed.
According to reports by the Press Association, the 23-year-old Manchester United player is suing over a report which claimed he had been fined £8,000 for using his mobile phone during training.
His complaint centres on an article produced last month by News Group Newspapers - owners of the Sun - entitled "Text-mad Ronaldo fined … Fergie's Fury on phone ban".
In libel proceedings issued at the high court, Ronanldo's legal team allege that the Sun newspaper wrongly accused the footballer of being unprofessional, adding that he feels he must take legal action in order to protect his reputation.
They added that Ronaldo is a professional sportsman who takes his training seriously.
News Group Newspapers is a subsidiary of News International, a newspaper publisher owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.