Former England striker Stan Collymore has written to the Press Complaints Commission saying that The Sun used subterfuge in order to trick him into signing a “confession” that he lied about a ruck with Bath rugby players.
He is also accusing The Sun of inaccuracy in its front-page and double-page spread story of 2 November, headlined “I lied” and straplined “Stan Collymore’s sensational signed confession to The Sun .”
The Sun sent 19-year-old Michelle Dickie to present the confession to Collymore at his book-signing session in Newcastle and he unwittingly signed it.
It printed the confession in which Collymore said he was “a lying scumbag”, who practised several dubious and possibly criminal activities as well as starting the fight.
Sun managing editor Graham Dudman told Press Gazette : “We will robustly defend any complaint. Mr Collymore is a thoroughly discredited, unsavoury character who we find very difficult to take seriously.”