29 April 2009
Martin O'Neill secures libel damages
Football manager Martin O'Neill has secured libel damages over an article which appeared on the internet.
Website Football365.com has paid "substantial damages" to the Aston Villa boss and has issued an apology for a story it carried last May.
In the article, it was alleged that he had spoken with Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez about the potential sale of Villa captain Gareth Barry.
Entitled "Porkies?", the story suggested that he had lied about this alleged conversation.
Football365.com, which has accepted that the allegations were totally without foundation, had republished a libellous allegation from the back page of the Daily Mirror.
The Daily Mirror's piece, which was headlined "Fair Kop", claimed that Benitez had exposed O'Neill by revealing that they had spoken about a possible transfer of Barry.
However, the newspaper - which is published by Trinity Mirror - had subsequently printed a clarification when it was advised of the libel last year.