Angry Eriksson Sues over Fake Sheikh Row

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Byline: ADRIAN WARNER

SVEN-GORAN Eriksson is suing the News of the World for breach of confidence over the 'sting' operation involving a fake sheikh.

The England coach, who spoke indiscreetly about his own future and the characters of some of his players, announced he is taking legal action in the High Court.

Eriksson had asked the paper to hand over the secret tape recordings from Dubai and they declined.

His London-based law firm Charles Russell LLP issued a statement saying: "Our clients Sven-Goran Eriksson, Athole Still [his agent] and Richard Des Voeux [his lawyer] have today issued legal proceedings against The News of the World in the High Court in London for breach of confidence.

"Last Sunday, The News of the World published a series of articles about a trip our clients made to Dubai at the invitation of an apparently legitimate company to discuss the possibility of a future sports development consultancy.

"It is now clear that this was all a highly sophisticated deception by the newspaper.

The resulting articles were a gross invasion of privacy and the discussions, which our clients were expressly asked to keep confidential, were reported out of context in a distorted and sensationalised manner so as to provide a spurious-pretext for the headlines which appeared. …