The Sun and Daily Mirror published more revelations today about the private life of footballer Ryan Giggs – who was named on Monday in the House of Commons as the Premiership star at the centre of a Twitter privacy row.
On Monday The Sun failed at a third attempt to overturn an injunction banning journalists from revealing the name of a footballer who had an affair with former Miss Wales Imogen Thomas.
Mr Justice Tugendhat said: “As the public now know, anyone who wanted to find out the name of the claimant could have learned it many days ago.
“The reason is that it has been repeated thousands of times on the internet, and News Group Newspapers now want to join in. It is obvious if the purpose of the injunction were to preserve a secret it would have failed. But insofar as its purpose is to prevent intrusion or harassment, it has not failed.”
Yesterday the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror went into details about Imogen Thomas’s affair with a married footballer. And today there were further details about the alleged relationship in The Sun and the Mirror.
Yesterday, Giggs’s lawyers Schillings, remained silent about whether they would be challenging any press coverage about their client and they declined to return calls or emails from Press Gazette.
The Attorney General’s office said yesterday that they had received no complaints about any of the Ryan Giggs coverage.
A spokeswoman said: ‘Our position hasn’t changed, nobody has referred anything to the Attorney General. If anything was referred to us we would look into it.”
Yesterday photographers and journalists were camped outside Giggs’ Manchester home and at around 3.30pm a number of cars were vandalised by masked men who jumped out of a transit van.
Speaking on Newsnight on Monday night PCC chair Peta Buscombe was asked whether she would have told editors not to publish material about Giggs if the footballer had approached the watchdog. She said: ‘Yes, that’s what we do.”
And asked if the editors would have agreed, she said: ‘They do agree all the time.”
She continued: ‘The whole point is we would have talked to them about the whole issue of public interest – that is what is so important in all these cases.
‘We stop the press. If we think they’re interfering with people’s privacy where the bar of public interest has not been met, we stop them.’