06 October 2011
Libel damages for Manchester United footballer
A Manchester United player has received damages through using a libel solicitor after a national newspaper falsely alleged he badgered a girl for sex.
The Sun claimed midfielder Tom Cleverley repeatedly asked a young woman to sleep with him after meeting her in a Blackpool nightclub.
However, the High Court ruled that the man who had contacted the female was not the 22-year-old professional footballer, rather another male from West Yorkshire impersonating the athlete.
It was reported that the story left Mr Cleverley "extremely upset and embarrassed", with News Group Newspapers later offering "substantial" damages to the player.
David Price QC said Mr Cleverley - who has emerged as a first-team player for Manchester United after spending time on loan at Wigan Athletic - had never met the girl in question and stated: "An individual from Shipley who resembles Mr Cleverley was impersonating him, while another individual from the same town pretended to be his bodyguard."
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Posted by Trusha Vyas