OK, seeing as you guys are the real experts, who do you think it is?
LONDON — A second England footballer has been granted an injunction banning media reporting of allegations about his private life.
It is believed the gagging order was granted by High Court judge Justice Nicol on Thursday to stop a woman revealing personal information about the star.
The court ruling comes a week after another England international took out a similar injunction to prevent the media from publishing claims about his private life.
Neither of the footballers can be named under the terms of the legal orders.
In Britain, the use of injunctions to stop reporting of potentially embarrassing revelations is a growing trend among sports stars, who have the financial means to use expensive lawyers to exercise legal rights denied to ordinary members of the public.
Earlier this year, Chelsea captain John Terry was awarded a ‘super-injunction’ preventing reporting of information about his alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the former partner of his England team-mate Wayne Bridge.
But that injunction was later lifted and the ensuing media coverage of Terry’s behaviour led to England coach Fabio Capello stripping the defender of the national team captaincy.
The super-injunction is so-called because it even bans reporting of its existence and has led to a debate over privacy laws and media censorship.
The orders are based on judges’ personal interpretation of human rights laws.
Both the England stars were granted the orders on the grounds the revelations would breach their “right to a private and family life”.
Breaching such an order could result in criminal prosecution for contempt of court. (AFP)
So who are these England internationals? Feel free to debate among yourselves in the comment section and for legal reasons we will stay right out of it. On another note, could it be that the two players in question were implicated in the same scandal, or are we being too melodramatic?
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