Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kewell: Lineker Hurt and Humiliated Me

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kewell: Lineker Hurt and Humiliated Me

Article excerpt

Liverpool star Harry Kewell sued top football pundit Gary Lineker for libel because he did not want people to think he had brought "shame to the game", the High Court was told yesterday.

Kewell, 26, wants substantial damages over a "hurtful and humiliating attack" on his transfer from Leeds which the Match Of The Day anchorman launched in a July 2003 newspaper column.

His counsel, Andrew Monson, told Mr Justice Eady and a jury that Lineker, Sunday Telegraph sports editor Jon Ryan and Telegraph Group Ltd had accused Kewell of being a fool and implied that he was a knave guilty of dishonourable conduct.

Kewell said: "It brought shame to me because people out there think I am a dishonest person and I am not. I am a very honest person. I stand by my word."

Kewell's move to Liverpool earlier that month followed Leeds's decision to sell star players to relieve their financial difficulties.

Kewell was set on moving to Liverpool and his personal manager, Bernie Mandic, negotiated on his behalf. …

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