FIFA file lawsuit against British tabloid


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  • Thursday, 20 Mar 2003

ZURICH: World football's governing body FIFA filed a lawsuit against the Daily Mail on Tuesday claiming libellous comments had been made against the organisation and their president Sepp Blatter. 

“FIFA and their president Sepp Blatter have today instructed their lawyers to file lawsuits against Andrew Jennings, a sports writer, and his employers at the Daily Mail,” FIFA said . 

The middle-market British tabloid made allegations about members of FIFA receiving financial bonuses, but FIFA said they will fight the claims in a British court after instructing lawyers to begin proceedings. 

Colin Gibson, the Daily Mail sports editor, said: “We stand by our story totally, but I can make no further comment until we see exactly what their complaint against us is.” 

The newspaper had published an apology on Friday relating to previous claims made against FIFA and Blatter in December. 

“Clearly, with today's article, the Daily Mail continues to make libellous comments,” said the FIFA statement. “The governing body is no longer prepared to accept such an underhand approach and has now decided that a British court is the appropriate forum to establish the facts and expose the Daily Mail's fiction.” – Reuters  

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