29 April 2008
Football manager wins libel damages from website
Football manager Martin O'Neill has been awarded undisclosed libel damages from a football website over claims made last year.
The 353 Media Group - a company which provides sports content in audio, video and mobile formats - reported last April in its transfer gossip site that the manager had attempted to induce a player to break his contract.
O'Neill's legal representative stated that the allegations had caused him to suffer severe damage to his reputation, as well as embarrassment and distress.
Speaking at London's high court, he added that the article had suggested that O'Neill had broken Fifa, Premier League and English Football Association rules by trying to get Poland goalkeeper Artur Boruc to break his contract with Celtic without the club's permission.
The website has now paid an undisclosed sum in damages to the Aston Villa manger and has published an apology.