Rio Ferdinand has launched legal action against a media group over an alleged instance of breach of privacy.
The England footballer is seeking compensation from the Mirror Group following the publication of a story in the Sunday Mirror in April 2010, which claimed that he had been participating in an extra-marital affair for a period of 13 years, the Press Association reports.
Ferdinand, who represents Manchester United at club level, told the High Court that he felt "angry and upset" when he discovered that Carly Storey - a woman he has known for a number of years - had been paid a sum of £16,000 to reveal details of their alleged affair.
The news source claims that it was in the public interest to publish the story, but the 32-year-old central defender is countering this with a pursuit for damages under privacy laws outlined in Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.
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Posted by Richard Saunders