03 March 2011
Martin O'Neill 'seeking £200k libel compensation from Mirror Group'
Mirror Group Newspapers is facing a claim for compensation on the grounds of libel worth up to £200,000 from Martin O'Neill, the ex-manager of Aston Villa Football Club, it has emerged.
According to the Press Gazette, O'Neill - who has also managed clubs such as Celtic and Leicester City during his career - is seeking damages from the media organisation on the basis that numerous articles published in the Daily Mirror last year defamed his character and reputation.
For instance, the former Northern Ireland international has stated in his writ to the High Court that a story published in August 2010 entitled "O'Neill quits - and this was team's reaction" is libellous and, among the other pieces, have caused him "severe distress and embarrassment", the news source added.
In addition, O'Neill is said to be affronted about the alleged insinuation that he was planning to break Premier League regulations in an article headlined "Hodgson ready to be new Reds boss" in June of last year.
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Posted by Richard Saunders