Celtic's manager wins libel claim

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Celtic Football Club manager Martin O’Neill has accepted a public apology and undisclosed but “substantial” libel damages in the High Court over claims that he was about to quit for Liverpool Football Club.

Mr Justice Eady was told the allegations in the Daily Record “questioned his loyalty and commitment to Celtic”.

Paul Hackney, for O’Neill, told the court in February last year the Record stated O’Neill had signed a legal document to join Liverpool in an article headlined “I have the proof O’Neill is on his way to Liverpool says Talksport’s Mike Parry”.

Hackney said: “These allegations, which questioned his loyalty and commitment to Celtic and integrity, were republished widely through the media and caused the claimant to issue further denials in the media that evening and in the following weeks.”

He said the Daily Record had accepted the allegations were “without foundation and should not have been published”, had apologised and agreed to pay damages and O’Neill’s legal costs.

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