25 January 2010
Football club threatens to launch defamation claim
A football club has warned that it may launch a defamation claim against a newspaper if certain conditions are not met.
According to a report in the Norwich Evening News, Norwich City Football Club has launched legal proceedings over a story that appeared in the News of The World.
It suggested that the organisation was on the verge of financial collapse and potential administrators had been called in.
Norwich City chairman Alan Bowkett and chief executive David McNally issued statements immediately in response denying the claims and a letter was sent by the club's legal representatives to News Group Newspapers, which also publishes the Times and Sun, among other papers.
The letter stated: "The remarks in the article are untrue and are without any foundation. They are also defamatory."
It demands a full apology, payment of damages and costs and an undertaking not to republish the article or repeat its allegations.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the News of the World said it would not be commenting on the case.