4.5.04

Daily Record scores own goal

Scots tabloid the Daily Record is facing a big bill for upsetting Celtic manager Martin O'Neill. Amid speculation that O'Neill was to quit Celtic for Liverpool, the Record ran a story last February claiming he had already signed a legal document to that effect. The article also claimed that the deal had been done before he announced he'd renewed his contract with Celtic.

O'Neill was forced to issue statements denying the story, an episode that according to his lawyer caused him "great distress and anxiety" (normally reserved for watching his club play).

In a brief statement to the High Court in London, the Daily Record offered an apology to O'Neill and agreed 'substantial' damages.

Not afraid to litigate, O'Neill has previously been awarded similarly substantial damages against the Observer when it suggested he was off to Manchester United.

Ironically for the Daily Record:
1: O'Neill's been named Scottish Football Writers' top manager of the year
2: The rumours that got the paper in trouble are again rife

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