Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Former Football Anti-Racism Champion Sued after N-Word Text

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Former Football Anti-Racism Champion Sued after N-Word Text

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Nick Hodgson

A FORMER football anti-racism campaigner is being sued by a black ex-player after calling him "n*****" in a text message.

Paul Elliott, a former Chelsea defender, sent the text to Richard Rufus during a row over a failed business venture.

Elliott, who had been involved in the Kick It Out campaign against racism run by the Professional Footballers' Association, texted Rufus: "Ur a stupid man n*****".

He added: "You dog. Ur history my friend."

A report about the row appeared in a national newspaper in February, and five days later Elliott, 49, resigned from Kick It Out. He put a statement on its website to explain his actions. But former Charlton defender Rufus is now seeking [pounds sterling]150,000 libel damages, claiming Elliott wrongly accused him of "leaking information to the press". Elliott's statement referred to a "former friend and business partner" who had "made public an SMS text message" Elliott had sent which contained a term "widely known as being derogatory to my own community". …

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