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Sam Allardyce accepts damages from Steve Kean and Blackburn Rovers

Allardyce accepts damages from Blackburn and Kean over foul-mouthed rant

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

11:21 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:32 GMT, 6 January 2013

Steve Kean pulled out of a scheduled appearance on Goals on Sunday today, the day after Sam Allardyce accepted an out-of-court settlement believed to be in the region of 200,000 from him and Blackburn Rovers.

Former Blackburn manager Kean had to fork out after derogatory claims were made about Allardyce by him in the summer of 2011.

SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF KEAN'S RANT

Steve Kean

Sam Allardyce

No love lost: Sam Allardyce (right) and his former No 2 Steve Kean

Goals on Sunday co-host Chris Kamara revealed the short-notice change on Twitter this morning.

He said: 'Morning all. Last minute lineup change Didi Hamann and Phil Brown with me and the adorable @benshephard tweet him any questions 11till 12.'

Kean was filmed making the remarks by supporters during a pre-season trip Blackburn made to Hong Kong.

Kean’s allegations about the
operating methods, integrity and managerial ability of Allardyce — his
predecessor at Ewood Park — were made public when the fans published a
video of the conversation on YouTube.

Allardyce took legal action against
Kean personally and against Rovers. The action has been settled with a
payment to Allardyce, who is now manager of West Ham. On Saturday all
parties involved in the case declined to comment.

VIDEO: Kean's foul-mouthed tirade

Ken Bates ordered to pay 10,000 to former Leeds director Melvyn Levi for harassment

Bates hit with 10k harassment damages award to former Leeds director

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UPDATED:

12:29 GMT, 7 June 2012

Sued: Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole

Sued: Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole

Leeds chairman Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to a former director who sued him for harassment.

Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole claimed they suffered stress as a result of announcements on the club radio station allegedly likening Mr Levi to a criminal on the run.

They also claimed comments made by Mr Bates in his match day programme notes amounted to speculation over the state of their marriage.

Mr Levi was awarded 10,000 in compensation at Leeds County Court but his wife's claim failed.

Judge Mark Gosnell said: 'Mr Levi has succeeded in his claim and has been awarded 10,000 and Mrs Levi's claim has failed.'

Mr Bates is also now subject to an injunction banning him from discussing Mr Levi's private life in public for two years.

But the Leeds chairman is allowed to mention the on-going commercial dispute between the two, known as the 'Jersey proceedings', as well as other non-private matters.

Explaining why he was granting the injuction, the judge said: “I cannot think of a better reason than the delving into Mr Levi's private life in what is a commercial dispute between Mr Levi and Mr Bates which I hope will be resolved by someone else on another day.'

Luke McCormick: Swindon chairman would resign

Swindon chief Wray pledges to resign if McCormick move damages club

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 25 May 2012


Jailed: McCormick was sentenced to seven years in 2008

Jailed: McCormick was sentenced to seven years in 2008

Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray says he will resign if a controversial deal to sign goalkeeper Luke McCormick damages the club's reputation.

McCormick, now 28, was jailed for seven years and four months in 2008 for killing two young boys in a car crash while drink-driving.

The former Plymouth goalkeeper is expected to be freed from Leyhill Prison next month and Swindon have offered him a trial, with a view to winning a permanent contract.

But the offer has angered the family of Arron Peak, 10, and his brother Ben, eight, who died in the collision on the M6 in Staffordshire in June 2008.

The boys' mother, Amanda Peak, told the Sun that Swindon's decision 'was like a kick in the stomach'.

'Swindon might be a family club but now they are hiring a man who has torn my family apart,' she told the newspaper.

In charge: Paulo di Canio guided Swindon to the League Two championship last term

In charge: Paulo di Canio guided Swindon to the League Two championship last term

Wray, Swindon's interim chairman, who said McCormick had been training on day-release with the club since January, today said he would resign if the decision damaged the club's reputation.

He told BBC Wiltshire: 'I'm not going to jeopardise the club's position on this.

'I'm not going to allow the reputation of the club, that we've worked so hard to build up, to be hurt by this.

'In terms of a principle, I absolutely would resign.'

Tragedy: Arron Peak and his brother Ben were killed in the motorway crash

Tragedy: Arron Peak and his brother Ben were killed in the motorway crash

Speaking earlier this week, Mr Wray said: 'We thought long and hard about it, and it has to be made clear that everybody's thoughts can only go to the family of those two young boys and their father who was badly injured.

'Tragedy is a word used too often, but this was a tragedy and it can never be changed.

End of the road: McCormick's contract was terminated by Plymouth

End of the road: McCormick's contract was terminated by Plymouth

'As a club we did not go courting this – the opportunity was presented to us after I was contacted by his agent and he will spend pre-season training here at Swindon.

'We have had to look at it in a reasonable way and look to produce a positive outcome in horrible circumstances.'

McCormick was twice the drink-driving limit when the crash happened as he was returning from former team-mate David Norris's wedding in Bolton.

Arron and Ben were travelling to Silverstone racetrack for a dream day out with their father Phil Peak and three friends when their Toyota Previa people carrier was hit by McCormick's black Range Rover at 5.44am on June 7 2008.

The goalkeeper had been seen drinking beer and downing shots of Sambuca at the wedding reception.

Stoke Crown Court, where McCormick admitted causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving, was told police investigators estimated his Range Rover was travelling at around 97mph moments before the crash.

Mr Peak, from Partington in Manchester, was at the wheel of the Toyota and suffered serious injuries that left him in a wheelchair.

Plymouth terminated McCormick's contract by mutual consent after he was charged.

Chris Cairns awarded 90k in damages after false match-fixing allegations

Ex-New Zealand skipper Cairns awarded 90k after false allegations of match-fixing

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UPDATED:

10:43 GMT, 26 March 2012

Damages: Cairns has been awarded 90,000

Damages: Cairns has been awarded 90,000

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns has won 90,000 in libel damages over an accusation of match-fixing which he said turned his achievements to 'dust'.

The 41-year-old, who notched up the rare double of 200 wickets and 3,000 runs in his 62 Tests, had sued Lalit Modi, ex-chairman of Twenty20 franchise the Indian Premier League (IPL), over an 'unequivocal allegation' on Twitter in January 2010.

He was not at London's High Court for the ruling by Mr Justice Bean, who heard the case without a jury.

The
judge said that Modi had 'singularly failed' to provide any reliable
evidence that Cairns was involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing, or
even that there were strong grounds for suspicion that he was.

He said: 'It is obvious that an allegation that a professional cricketer is a match-fixer goes to the core attributes of his personality and, if true, entirely destroys his reputation for integrity.

Allegation: Cairns was accused of match-fixing

Allegation: Cairns was accused of match-fixing

'The allegation is not as serious as one of involvement in terrorism or sexual offences (to take two examples from recent cases). But it is otherwise as serious an allegation as anyone could make against a professional sportsman.'

Cairns said in a statement: 'Today's
verdict lifts a dark cloud that has been over me for the past two years.
I feel mixed emotions.

'Firstly, sadness that I should ever
have had to put myself, my friends and my family through this because of
one man's misdirected allegations.

'But I also feel great joy because my
past career has come through unscathed and remains intact and because I
had the courage to stand up in the highest court to defend my name.'

He added: 'Lastly, I feel great relief that I am able to walk into any cricket ground in the world with my head held high.'

The judge granted Modi permission to
appeal over the amount of damages but refused permission on the
question of liability, although Modi's lawyers are set to pursue that
application with the Court of Appeal direct.

He also ordered Modi to pay 400,000 on account of costs to Cairns' solicitors within 28 days.

The judge heard that Modi's tweet was picked up by cricket website Cricinfo. When Cairns complained, Cricinfo withdrew its report, paid damages and apologised – but Modi declined to apologise and pleaded justification, maintaining that the charge was true.

Cairns's case was that it was 'wholly untrue' and a very grave libel which could destroy all he had achieved over a distinguished 20-year career.

In evidence, he said: 'The defendant's allegations have also had a profound effect on my personal and private life.

'It put a strain on my marriage. It hurts that my wife may think that I am not the man she thought I was.

'It hurts me too that friends, many of whom are former cricketing foes, will question my integrity as a man and a sportsman and that all I achieved in the great game of cricket is dust.'

In 2007 and 2008, Cairns captained the Chandigarh Lions in three competitions in the Indian Cricket League (ICL), which flourished briefly before the ascendancy of the IPL.

The allegation made by Modi related to the second and third of these competitions, between March and April 2008 and October and November that year.

Chris Cairns launches first Twitter libel case over match-fixing slur

Cricket legend Cairns launches first Twitter libel case over match-fixing slur

Former New Zealand cricket captain
Chris Cairns asked the High Court for substantial libel damages over an
accusation of match-fixing which had turned his achievements to 'dust'.

Cairns, 41, who notched up the rare
double of 200 wickets and 3,000 runs in his 62 Tests, is suing Lalit
Modi, ex-chairman of Twenty20 franchise the Indian Premier League (IPL)
over an 'unequivocal allegation' on Twitter.

Cricket star: Chris Cairns of New Zealand waves to the crowd as he leaves the pitch during the Twenty20 International match between New Zealand and the West Indies in 2006

Test star: Chris Cairns notched up 200 wickets and 3,000 runs

His counsel, Andrew Caldecott QC, told Mr Justice Bean, who is hearing the case in London without a jury, that Modi's January 2010 tweet was picked up by cricket website Cricinfo.

When Cairns complained, Cricinfo withdrew their report, paid damages and apologised – but Modi declined to apologise and pleaded justification, maintaining that the charge was true.

Cairns's case was that the allegation was 'wholly untrue' and a very grave libel which would – if uncorrected – destroy all he had achieved over a distinguished 20-year career.

In evidence, he said: 'The defendant's allegations have also had a profound effect on my personal and private life. It put a strain on my marriage. It hurts that my wife may think that I am not the man she thought I was.

'It hurts me too that friends, many of whom are former cricketing foes, will question my integrity as a man and a sportsman and that all I achieved in the great game of cricket is dust.'

Claim: New Zealand Cricketer Chris Cairns

Tweet: Lalit Modi, a former Commissioner of Indian Premier League cricket

Legal battle: Cairns (left) and Lalit Modi (right)

Mr Caldecott said that all-rounder Cairns, who lived in England as a child when his father Lance played here, and had himself played seven seasons for Nottinghamshire, had considerable affection for the UK and minded about his reputation here.

At the time of the tweet, Modi was one of the most powerful men in the cricket world and any statement of his was likely to be treated as soundly-based.

Counsel said that, in 2007 and 2008, Cairns captained the Chandigarh Lions in three competitions in the Indian Cricket League (ICL), which flourished briefly before the ascendancy of the IPL.

The allegation made by Modi related to the second and third of these competitions, between March and April 2008 and October and November that year.

Mr Caldecott said that, in October 2008, Cairns was called to an ICL directors meeting in a hotel room where, according to the cricketer, his denial of rumours of his alleged involvement in match-fixing appeared to be accepted.

Upset: Cairns felt match-fixing claims had turned his achievements to 'dust'

Upset: Cairns felt match-fixing claims had turned his achievements to 'dust'

'No specific charges of match-fixing were ever put to Mr Cairns. No names of any accusers were mentioned.

'He was never informed after his departure that statements had been taken – mainly later – from Indian players alleging corrupt activity by various players including him.'

Counsel said that Cairns was then effectively suspended for not declaring an ankle injury which had been exacerbated by a 1,000-kilometre charity walk completed in memory of his late sister.

He returned to New Zealand for an operation, was never contacted with any complaint and, in 2009, was entered for the IPL auction.

Mr Caldecott said that the initial publication of Modi's tweet in the jurisdiction was up to 95 people while the initial publication of the Cricinfo article was between 450 and 1,500.

'Of course these receivers are bound to be cricket fans – it's the classic kind of allegation which runs and runs – one fan to another to another – match-fixing is a subject which is always topical.

'Be in no doubt that to everyone who hears it – Mr Cairns's entire career is tainted.'

He told the judge: 'Preserving the integrity of any sport depends as much on vindicating the falsely accused as it does on convicting the guilty.'

The hearing, which is estimated to last two weeks, continues.