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Manchester United and Chelsea players among those looking for extra-marital affairs on dating website

Dating website claims Manchester United and Chelsea players among 40 MARRIED footballers signed up for secret affairs

David Kent


12:53 GMT, 25 January 2013



16:02 GMT, 25 January 2013

A dating website for married people seeking extra-marital affairs claims that more than 40 professional footballers from the Premier League and Football League – including players from Manchester United and Chelsea – have joined the site in search of secret lovers in the past year.

UndercoverLovers.com claim a dozen top-flight players, 19 from the Championship, eight from League One and five League Two are among the members who have registered on the site since January last year.

The website claims to be the UK’s foremost extra-marital dating agency with more than 695,000 members, which represents almost two per cent of the UK’s entire married population.

Mystery: Premier League and Football League players are among those signed up

Mystery: Premier League and Football League players are among those signed up

The site was created to provide a safe, discreet and non-judgmental environment, where married women and men can meet.

Spokesperson Emily Pope comments: ‘There hasn’t been an unfaithful footballer expose in the tabloids for more than a year. Does this mean that the UK’s soccer professionals are suddenly behaving like saints Sadly, at least for the footballers’ wives, not. We’ve identified 44 professionals from the Premier League and Football League who’ve joined Undercover Lovers in the last year alone.’

‘We guarantee our members’ anonymity so of course we can’t name names. However we can reveal that at least one player on the books of Premier League leaders Manchester United and one from Chelsea are members of UndercoverLovers.com and that the best represented club, with three players signed up, is a Championship team from the Midlands.

‘The most active professional footballer on the site plies his trade for a South Coast club. He’s certainly no saint!’

Pope added: ‘Playing away from home with married women, who have as much to lose from exposure as they do, massively reduces the risk of our footballers being found out.

Undercover: The website that offers the chance to meet others interested in having affairs

Undercover: The website that offers the chance to meet others interested in having affairs

‘In a recent survey of our adulterous members we learned that 89% of them have never been caught cheating. Our ultra-secure dating platform is actually the perfect place for high profile players to discretely meet affair partners who won’t be straight on the phone to Max Clifford the morning after an illicit encounter.’

From Barrington to Pietersen: Six cricketers who fell foul of England

From Barrington to Pietersen: Six cricketers who fell foul of England



22:48 GMT, 14 August 2012

Kevin Pietersen is not the only England player to be dropped for an indiscretion -either on and off the field. Lawrence Booth recalls the players who have fallen foul of the English cricket authorities.

Ken Barrington

One of England’s greatest batsmen, Barrington made the mistake of taking seven hours 17 minutes to score 137 against a weak New Zealand side at Edgbaston in 1965. England won the game easily, but Wisden described his innings as a ‘tedious exhibition’: at one point, Barrington – batting with an unusual two-eyed stance – failed to score for 20 overs. With the authorities in the 1960s desperate to serve up brighter cricket for the public, Barrington was dropped for the next Test at Lord’s.

Unbeaten: But Geoffrey Boycott paid the price for his slow scoring

Unbeaten: But Geoffrey Boycott paid the price for his slow scoring

Geoff Boycott

A Test-best unbeaten 246 against India in 1967 at Headingley, his home ground, should have been the highlight of Boycott’s career. Instead England dropped him for what they regarded as selfish batting. In all, he faced 555 balls, with journalist John Woodcock describing the effort as ‘more of an occupation than an innings’. Boycott later wrote: ‘The alternative was to give my wicket away and return to the anonymity of the dressing room.’

Brian Close

Appointed England captain towards the end of the 1966 summer, Close did not last long in the job after he was accused of time-wasting during a tense run-chase in a county championship match between Yorkshire and Warwickshire at Edgbaston. The Yorkshire chairman Brian Sellers did not help matters by apologising for the incident to the MCC, who promptly sacked Close at the end of the 1967 home series with Pakistan. In his seven Tests in charge, England won six and drew one.

Tony Greig

When Greig, then the England captain, signed up with Kerry Packer in 1977 to take part in his World Series Cricket, the game’s establishment spluttered collectively into their gin and tonics. Donald Carr of the old Test and County Cricket Board – now the ECB – complained of a ‘breach of normal trust’. Greig, who was immediately sacked as captain, insisted he had taken the action ‘in the best interests of cricketers the world over’.

Ousted: Tony Greig (left) was relieved of his duties after the Kerry Packer affair

Ousted: Tony Greig (left) was relieved of his duties after the Kerry Packer affair

Mike Gatting

His eventual downfall as captain turned out to be a dalliance with a barmaid called Louise Shipman in the Rothley Court Hotel in Leicester during the first Test against West Indies at Trent Bridge in 1988. But the TCCB were merely looking for their moment to pounce following Gatting’s finger-wagging exchange with umpire Shakoor Rana in the Faisalabad Test the previous winter.

Kevin Pietersen

After being sacked as England captain at the start of 2009 following his fallout with coach Peter Moores, Pietersen was dropped from the Test side on Sunday following revelations he had sent derogatory texts about Andrew Strauss and the dressing-room atmosphere to the South Africans. When he failed to deny the story, the ECB left him out of the squad – the game after his brilliant 149 in the second Test at Headingley.

Lance Armstrong says USADA investigation is a "vendetta" against him on Twitter

Angry Armstrong says USADA investigation is a 'vendetta' against him in series of tweets



19:43 GMT, 5 July 2012

Lance Armstrong has responded angrily to reports – criticised by the United States Anti-doping Agency – that his former team-mates have been handed six month suspensions in exchange for giving evidence in a doping case allegedly implicating the seven-time Tour de France champion.

Suggestions bans suspended until the end of the season have been issued to team-mates of Armstrong for giving evidence in the case have been dismissed by those allegedly involved and USADA, who last week confirmed they are to file formal doping charges against the Texan.

Armstrong repeatedly and strenuously denies any wrongdoing and described the investigation as a 'vendetta'.

Armstrong wrote on Twitter: 'So let me get this straight…come in and tell @usantidoping exactly what they wanted to hear…

Angry: Armstrong (right) has complained of a 'vendetta' against him

Angry: Armstrong (right) has complained of a 'vendetta' against him

'…in exchange for immunity, anonymity, and the opportunity to continue to race the biggest event in cycling..

'This isn't about @usantidoping wanting to clean up cycling – rather it's just plain ol' selective prosecution that reeks of vendetta.'

USADA chief executive Travis T Tygart criticised the speculation surrounding the case and insisted nothing has been determined and that no individual cases have been addressed.

In a statement, Tygart said: 'USADA's investigation into doping in the sport of cycling continues.

'No individual cases have been finalised, and any attempt to guess at whom potential witnesses might be only leads to inaccurate information being reported and subjects those named to unnecessary scrutiny, threats and intimidation.

'It is important to remember that the truth would often be suppressed without witnesses who at great cost to themselves are willing to tell the truth under oath about what they saw and experienced, and any attempt to circumvent the proper procedures in order to bully or silence people who may or may not be witnesses cannot be tolerated.'

Armstrong and USADA's responses came after the story broke in Europe before the start of the fifth stage of the Tour in Rouen.

Statement: Jonathan Vaughters faces the media

Statement: Jonathan Vaughters faces the media

Two of his former team-mates Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie ride for Garmin-Sharp, whose team boss Jonathan Vaughters, also a former team-mate of Armstrong's, gave short shrift to the claims.

Vaughters, chief executive of Slipstream Sports, the parent company of the Garmin-Sharp team, wrote on Twitter: 'Regarding the Dutch media report: No 6mos (sic) suspensions have been given to any member of Slipstream Sports. Today or at any future date.'

A Slipstream Sports statement added: 'Media reports of suspensions are untrue.

'As we have always said, we expect that anyone in our organisation who is contacted by any anti-doping or government authority will be open and honest with that authority, but, at this moment, we – our organisation, our riders and our staff – are focused on the Tour de France.'

George Hincapie is riding in a record 17th consecutive Tour, having been a team-mate of Armstrong in each of his seven triumphs, and is seeking to help BMC Racing team-mate Cadel Evans successfully defend the yellow jersey.

Former team-mate: George Hincapie in action on the fifth stage

Former team-mate: George Hincapie in action on the fifth stage

BMC Racing team president Jim Ochowicz said: 'We've not received any notification from any authority about this issue at all.'

Hincapie added: 'I'm just disappointed with this thing being brought up once again. BMC's got nothing to do with this. Cadel's focus is to try to win the Tour and I'm here to help him do that.

'I'll continue to do that and try not to let anything get in my mind besides that.'

Asked whether he has spoken to Armstrong recently, Hincapie added: 'I haven't in a while. I feel bad that he's going through all this. Lance has done so many things for the sport.'

Lance Armstrong denies latest doping claims

Seven time Tour de France winner Armstrong angered by latest doping claims



21:22 GMT, 13 June 2012

Lance Armstrong reacted angrily on Wednesday night after reports that the US Anti-Doping Agency has brought charges against the former cyclist that could see him stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

The Washington Post reported that USADA has written to Armstrong outlining charges that relate to allegations of doping that began in 1998 and continued until 2011.

According to the report, the charges include previously unpublicised allegations of doping in 2009 and 2010, after Armstrong came out of retirement.

The USADA was not immediately available for comment on the report.

Allegations: Armstrong issued an angry response

Allegations: Armstrong issued an angry response

In a statement, Armstrong said: 'I have been notified that USADA, an organisation largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned.

'These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation. These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity.

'Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA's malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play.

'I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one.

Back in action: Armstrong returned to cycling in 2009

Back in action: Armstrong returned to cycling in 2009

'That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence.'

The charges brought by the USADA would immediately prevent Armstrong from competing as a triathlete, the sport he took up following his retirement from cycling in 2011.

Armstrong survived testicular cancer early in his career and went on to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005 while competing for the US Postal Service team and the Discovery Channel team.

He retired after the 2005 Tour de France, but returned in 2009, riding for Astana Cycling and RadioShack before retiring for a second time in February 2011, taking up triathlon earlier this year.

All-rounder: Armstrong has taken up triathlon this year

All-rounder: Armstrong has taken up triathlon this year

A statement from the International Cycling Union, which did not name Armstrong, confirmed it had been notified of cases opened by USADA regarding several people.

'The UCI confirms that it has been informed by USADA of its decision to open anti-doping cases against a number of rider support personnel and a rider,' the statement said.

'This is the first time USADA has communicated to UCI on this subject.

'The UCI is not aware of the information that is available to USADA on the persons concerned and has not been involved in the proceedings opened by USADA.

'The UCI will follow the case to the extent it will be informed and has noted that the persons concerned have been invited to send submittals on the allegations that are made against them.

'The UCI will not comment further at this stage.'

Ched Evans rape victim named: Three men arrested

Three men arrested in investigation into naming of Evans rape victim on Twitter



14:59 GMT, 26 April 2012

Three men have been arrested as part of the investigation into the naming on Twitter of the victim in the Ched Evans rape case.

Evans, a Sheffield United footballer, was jailed for five years last week for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

Two of the men have been arrested under the Section Five of the Sexual Offences Amendments Act and the other is being held on suspicion of malicious communication.

Jailed: Ched Evans has been sent to prison

Jailed: Ched Evans has been sent to prison

The men are being detained by South Yorkshire Police at Sheffield police station, where they are being interviewed by officers from North Wales Police.

Steve Williams, Detective Chief Inspector of North Wales Police, said: 'These arrests were made with the assistance of South Yorkshire Police and are part of a series of planned arrests we will be making during this on-going investigation.'

Wales international striker Evans, 23, was jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty of raping the woman, who was 'too drunk to consent'.

Following the conclusion of the trial, the victim of the rape was named and subjected to abuse on Twitter and other websites.

Sheffield United defender Connor Brown has been suspended by the club for comments he made on Twitter following the trial.

The Blades' reserve-team player responded to Evans's five-year prison sentence by tweeting various comments in relation to the case and his support for his team-mate.

Abuse: The victim was named and subjected to some abuse on the social networking site Twitter

Abuse: The victim was named and subjected to some abuse on the social networking site Twitter

North Wales Police described the alleged comments on Twitter as 'profoundly disturbing' and said they contribute to the young woman's 'continued trauma'.

Rape and other sexual assault victims are guaranteed the legal right to lifetime anonymity.

Evans admitted having sex with the victim, then aged 19, at a hotel in North Wales last May.

In her evidence, the woman said she has no memory of the incident and the prosecution argued she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Evans' co-accused, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, 23, who also admitted having sex with the victim, was found not guilty.

Evans announced on Tuesday that he would appeal against his conviction.
In a statement posted on Sheffield United's website, law firm Brabners Chaffe Street said Evans 'maintains his innocence' and would be appealing against the jury's verdict.

Michael Owen"s Manchester United recall

Owen ready for recall as Fergie looks for edge in title race



21:29 GMT, 31 March 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson will pluck Michael Owen from first team anonymity and hand him what could be a pivotal role in Manchester United's push for the Premier League title.

Owen has been plagued by a succession of injuries during his time at Old Trafford – the last coming in the Champions League win over Otelul Galati at the end of October when he went off with a thigh injury which has kept him out since.

Now he is on the verge of a dramatic recall after impressing in recent training sessions and Ferguson, who takes his team to Blackburn on Monday night with the chance of going five points clear of second-placed Manchester City, will name him in the senior squad at the first opportunity.

Return: Michael Owen is pressing for a recall

Return: Michael Owen is pressing for a recall

'Michael has been something of a forgotten man, which is a terrible shame because nobody deserves the kind of bad luck he's had this season.' said the United manager.

'But he has been training really well and is almost back to complete fitness, which is good for him and the team. His return could not be better timed because he will provide us with valuable extra options up front.

'He is a top-class goalscorer as he has proved with vital contributions since he came to United. He is also a terrific professional, who prides himself on what he is capable of on the football field. It will be good to have him back.'

In other news, United's record signing Dimitar Berbatov will be allowed to leave this summer for a knockdown 6million.

Ryan Giggs accepts Big Brother"s Imogen Thomas did not try to blackmail him

Giggs accepts Big Brother”s Imogen Thomas did not try to blackmail him

Ryan Giggs has accepted there was no reason to accuse glamour model Imogen Thomas of blackmailing him.

In a High Court hearing, a judge hinted that he might lift the injunction which is supposed to ban any reporting of an alleged affair between the two, asking whether there was “any point in maintaining the anonymity”.

The brief hearing was requested by Ms Thomas” lawyers, and saw David Price QC read a statement in the case of CTB vs News Group Newspapers and Ms Thomas.

Imogen Thomas Ryan Giggs

Imogen Thomas, pictured outside court today, is no longer being accused of blackmail by footballer Ryan Giggs

CTB is a pseudonym for Mr Giggs, who took out an injunction in April to prevent the media from reporting allegations that he had an extra-marital affair with the former Big Brother contestant.

The Manchester United star was the subject of so much speculation on Twitter that eventually Lib Dem MP John Hemming “outed” him in the House of Commons.

One of the arguments Mr Giggs used to win the injunction against Ms Thomas and NGN, publisher of The Sun, was that she was trying to blackmail him.

He has now withdrawn that claim, prompting Ms Thomas to say that she had been “vindicated”.

“Vindicated”: Ms Thomas went to court to clear her name of the blackmail allegations

Mr Price told the court that the claim arose out of an article in The Sun on April 14, which named Ms Thomas but did not name Mr Giggs.

As a result of concerns about the future conduct of The Sun, he sought an interim injunction later that day and was assigned the pseudonym CTB.

“In his witness statement supporting the application CTB stated that Ms Thomas” conduct had led him to suspect that she was thinking of selling her story to the press,” Mr Price said today.

“He also said that she had asked him for money to assist in the purchase of a flat and that he had become suspicious about her motivation.

“He was also concerned that she had retained the well-known publicist Max Clifford to represent her.

“On April 14 Mr Justice Eady granted an injunction. Ms Thomas was not notified of the hearing and first found out about the injunction after it was granted.

High Court: Ms Thomas outside the court where she has fought a long-running legal battle

High Court: Ms Thomas outside the court where she has fought a long-running legal battle

“On May 16 Mr Justice Eady delivered a judgment in which he explained his reasons for granting the injunction in Ms Thomas” absence and for its continuation.

“The judge said that CTB”s evidence appeared to suggest that CTB was being blackmailed, although that was not how CTB had put it himself.

“He also said that the evidence appeared to indicate that Ms Thomas was responsible for the April 14 article in The Sun. The judge stressed that this was solely based on the limited evidence that was before him at the time and that the allegations were denied by Ms Thomas.

“Notwithstanding these qualifications in the judgment, the allegation of blackmail was widely and prominently reported by the media as if it were established fact.

“This was not correct. It has been extremely damaging and distressing to Ms Thomas.”

Mr Price went on: “The Sun has now made it clear that Ms Thomas was not responsible for the article of April 14.

“CTB accepts this and also accepts that Ms Thomas did not wish any private information to be published. She had, in fact, retained Max Clifford to try to prevent a story from coming out.

“Ms Thomas, in turn, accepts that the decision to publish her name was taken by The Sun, and that CTB did not want that to happen.

“Ms Thomas denies that she asked CTB for money and says that he offered to assist her in the flat purchase. Whatever the difference in recollection between the parties, CTB now accepts that such discussions were not linked to any threat to disclose information to the media.

“In these circumstances, CTB accepts that there is no basis to accuse Ms Thomas of blackmail. He also accepts that her conduct in the period leading up to the publication of The Sun article was motivated by a desire to avoid the publication of private information.

“CTB and Ms Thomas have now resolved matters between them. Ms Thomas did not want to disclose private information concerning CTB. That remains her position now that the record has been set straight.”

In a statement after the hearing, Ms Thomas said: “To suddenly have to defend my character because of this legal process has been extremely upsetting and stressful.

“I”m just relieved that the parties and the court now accept that I”m no blackmailer. I have been vindicated and that”s all I wanted.

“I have nothing to add – it”s all behind me now.”

At the start of the hearing, Mr Justice Eady suggested the injunction was no longer effective as he asked: “There is no longer any point in maintaining the anonymity”

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