On Footballers And Super-Injunctions


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. SJ Maskell says:

    There is a need for the libel laws in this country to be severely re-written.

    The Libel Reform Campaign is working to this end and I would urge all bloggers – and those that find this whole debacle absolutely risable – to visit this website http://www.libelreform.org/ and sign the petition.

  2. Allan says:

    Two points.

    1) Yes that particular newspaper is having a bad time of it, having had a revamp at the start of the year that backfired in a spectacular fashion. But newspaper sales are declining generally too. Sales of that newspapers Edinburgh based rival is also in decline, as are sales of the scottish versions of the English based papers.

    2) We will see how seriosly this newspaper is about freedom of speech if it chooses to publish details of the less gossipy superinjunctions in force. For example will the publish full details of Fred Goodwins affair which went on at the time of the purchase of ABN Amro or the name of the chief executive of a global company who had dubious financial dealings when his company was in financial trouble.

  3. FFFFFC says:

    It’s not a case of freedom of speech but of freedom of information. They’re not the same thing and certainly don’t carry the same moral imperative.

    Most of us have known from early on this player’s identity. Personally, I don’t care which footballer has been shagging which reality TV slapper behind his wife’s back. But, if I did find myself with so little of a life of my own that I was interested, I certainly wouldn’t try to compare it to Trafigura in an attempt to make my prurience appear principled.

  4. Bill Connor says:

    The Scottish newspaper wouldnt have published the name if it was such a ridiculious state of affairs re super injunctions. Maybe if the legal representatives knew their law they would have known that they had also to apply in Scotland, I think that is due to arrogance. The newspapers in Scotland are having a hard time but that is because they have been printing labour party releases verbatim and no one believes that rubbish anymore.

  5. MG says:

    The issue is hypocracy, if you stand alongside your wife and children whilst accepting plaudits/medels then “playing away” becomes fair game for exposure.

  6. Lee says:

    What a farce. Everywhere in the world except for England and Wales the details of this footballer are allowed to be published, and of course even here we can all read about it online.

    This footballer has made a fool of himself and the legal system. I’m making my own small contribution to circumventing this undemocratic law by re-posting links which disclose all the details.

    There is no freedom of speech or democracy in England [and Wales.]

  7. Lennon says:

    The sad thing is, when I heard of this unnamed footballer I was straight on to Google to find out who everyone (except myself) knew about, I just felt left out. Schillings made so much smoke that we all came to look at the fire.

  8. Gervillian Swike says:

    The issue surely has to be about whether there’s a public interest? You move it away from this principle, and it’s no longer about freedom of speech, it’s about open season. The chap in question – or indeed any chap who’s gone down this road – or are we saying that everyone who’s ever posted on twitter or this site is an angel – surely has the right to dispute the public interest of such a story? And the fact that it’s not effective, well THAT’S the bit that needs addressing.

    Imogen Thomas, she’s breaking my heart by the way, the way that this whole saga has affected her blooming career. If only she’d decided to keep it private.

  9. charlie says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you – or anyone, for that matter – could publish the real issues around this case, such as the blackmail?


    The so-called ‘super injunctions’ are there to STOP the media from going around doing whatever they want.

    Surprise surprise, newspapers are told not to go through with it, and then act like they’re the victims.

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