Soccer scout Frank Arnesen has launched a bid for liibel damages of £100,000 over a story in The Sun.
Arnesen, chief scout and director of youth development for Chelsea Football Club, is suing over a story headlined: ‘Revealed – The man at the centre of the Chelsea War Arnesen wants Barca boss at the Bridge’which ran on February 28, accompanied by a photo of him with Avram Grant.
Arnesen claims the story meant he was plotting the replacement of Grant as first team coach and club manager, undermining his position, and causing unrest and instability. He says the story has badly damaged his reputation, and caused him considerable hurt, distress and embarrassment.
He is also seeking aggravated damages, saying The Sun published the story without checking it with him first, or giving him the chance to comment.
The Sun, he says, published the story in a sensational and eye catching manner designed to give it substantial publicity among readers and sports fans.
This is shown by the headline ‘Revealed’which was printed in the style of the Top Secret stamp allegedly used on documents containing state secrets, according to a High Court writ.
The story repeatedly quoted a ‘Chelsea insider’which gave credence to its unfounded allegation and misled readers into believing that the story was accurate and reliable, the writ claims.
Arnesen says the paper has failed to take any steps to mitigate the damage, and has failed to apologise or retract the claims, which are still accessible on its website.
He is seeking damages, and an injunction banning the paper from repeating its allegations about him.