Third England footballer granted gagging order

Another England footballer won an injunction banning the reporting of allegations about his private life.

He became the third England international player in two weeks to be granted an order preventing the media from publishing claims about their personal lives.

The gagging order was granted on Saturday by on-duty High Court judge Justice Kenneth Parker.

None of the three footballers can be named under the terms of the legal orders.

The Daily Mail reported on 20 August that an England footballer, who could not be named, had been granted a order preventing a woman, who also cannot be named, from making revelations which would breach his “right to private and family life”.

The previous week, on 13 August, a further England footballer had obtained an injunction to stop a Sunday newspaper making revelations about his private life.

Concern has mounted in recent months about the use of injunctions to stop reporting of potentially embarrassing revelations by high profile figures.

These incidents come on the heels of news that golfer Colin Montgomerie obtained such an injunction earlier this month to stop an individual from making revelations in the press about his private life.

Chelsea football captain John Terry was awarded an injunction – later repealed – preventing reporting of information about his alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the former partner of his England team-mate Wayne Bridge in February.

That followed outrage last year after a so-called ‘super injunction’was granted to the Swiss oil company Trafigura which restrict what MPs could say about the company.

Trafigura and its law firm Carter-Ruck caused public outcry in October when it emerged they had unsuccessfully attempted to use the wide-ranging gagging order to prevent The Guardian reporting a Parliamentary question relating to the oil firm.

Justice Minister Lord McNally said earlier this month that he expected that a Defamation Bill, planned to be introduced next year, could also contain provisions detailing UK privacy law for the first time.

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