ᑕ❶ᑐ Fight in the mud of the players: Vardy must pay

In the player’s wife mud fight between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney, the wife of former England soccer international Jamie Vardy has to dig deep into her pockets. The High Court in London on Tuesday ordered Rebekah Vardy to contribute 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) to Coleen Rooney’s legal costs.

In late July, the court dismissed Vardy’s libel suit in a sensational lawsuit. The 40-year-old had claimed damages from the wife of former England star striker Wayne Rooney. She had previously publicly accused her former friend of leaking private information to the British gossip press.

Judge Karen Steyn, who also ruled on Tuesday, said about two months ago that Rooney’s allegations against Vardy were « essentially true ».

The twelve-day process had already taken place in May. The highly publicized saga was dubbed « Wagatha Christie » by the British tabloid press – a pun on the abbreviation « WaGs », the collective English term for gamers’ wives (wives and girlfriends), and the name of the famous detective writer Agatha Christie.

Rooney faced costs of over €2 million, of which £350,000 had already been incurred before trial and was therefore deducted to give a final figure of £1,667,860.

Coleen Rooney had previously worked downright detective to convict the suspect Vardy. In 2019, she blocked all accounts on her Instagram account except those of her then-girlfriend and posted several made-up stories. These then – via Vardy – entered the Sun.

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