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Rebekah Vardy scores first in UK’s ‘WAGatha Christie’ football wives’ libel trial

By: Reuters |

November 20, 2020 10:58:36 pm

Wayne Rooney’s spouse, Coleen Rooney, is being sued by Jamie Vardy’s spouse, Rebekah Vardy. (File)

Rebekah Vardy, the spouse of Jamie Vardy, gained the primary trade in her libel case in opposition to the spouse of his former worldwide teammate Wayne Rooney over accusations she handed on tales to a newspaper about her former pal.

Vardy is suing Coleen Rooney at London’s Excessive Courtroom for accusing her on Twitter and Instagram of leaking tales from her non-public life to the Solar tabloid. Vardy denies the leaks.

Each ladies belong to a glamorous group of footballers’ wives and girlfriends, recognized in Britain because the WAGs, who’ve grow to be celebrities in their very own proper, their lives usually dissected by the tabloid press.

In October 2019, Rooney, whose husband is England’s report goalscorer and former captain, stated she had rigorously deliberate and executed a sting operation to see who was leaking tales about her and that her detective work had labored out who was accountable.

The tip of her message stated: “It’s… Rebekah Vardy’s account”.

The libel trial, dubbed the “WAGatha Christie” case, after the famend creator of detective novels, kicked off on Thursday with each events arguing in regards to the “pure and abnormal” that means of the phrases on the centre of the dispute.

Vardy’s legal professionals stated they need to be taken to imply that Vardy herself had persistently betrayed Rooney’s belief over a number of years. Rooney’s legal professionals argued reference to “Rebekah Vardy’s account”, stopped in need of asserting Vardy’s unequivocal guilt.

Decide Mark Warby got here down on Vardy’s facet.

“The reader’s pure inference could be that the miscreant was Ms Vardy herself,” he stated in his judgement. “There isn’t a indication on the contrary.”

The core of Rooney’s defence, that her submit was justified as a result of its content material was true, might be examined throughout a full trial at a later date.


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