Associated Newspapers titles face £200k in libel claims

A Leeds man accused of being the fourth suspect in the failed 21 July London bombings is suing the Evening Standard for damages of £100,000.

Ejaz Fiaz is claiming libel damages over a story headed: "Bomber was a teacher: suicide attacker worked at primary.

Fourth man named." The piece appeared on 13 July last year and the writ was issued by Imran Khan and Partners.

Meanwhile, another Associated Newspapers title — the Daily Mail — is facing a libel action from the chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association and his deputy.

Gordon Taylor and Mick McGuire have sued over two stories, which appeared on 21 January and 19 March.

They claim the stories were defamatory, and are seeking damages of up to £100,000.

Taylor and McGuire are also suing journalist Charles Sale, claiming that the second story reported a confidential interview with Colin Gordon and Key Sports Management, whom they are also suing.

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