MP names injunction footballer

Birmingham MP John Hemming used Parliamentary privilege
(protection) to name Giggs during a debate on the use of
injunctions. Sir Alex Ferguson is due to face the media on Tuesday
and was expecting to take questions solely on United’s build-up to
Saturday’s Champions League final with Barcelona at Wembley. But
now it appears likely he will be quizzed about the veteran
midfielder after he was named in Parliament by Hemming. The
revelation followed a newspaper group’s failed attempt to lift an
injunction which banned the naming of a Premier League footballer
who had a “sexual relationship” with reality TV star Imogen Thomas.
Lawyers for The Sun had gone to the High Court in London to try to
overturn the injunction after the publication of the footballer’s
name and photograph in a Scottish newspaper, the Sunday Herald. The
Herald had printed a picture of the footballer’s face with his eyes
blacked out and the word “censored” written over the top. Beneath
the picture they wrote: “Everyone knows this is the footballer
accused of using the courts to keep allegations of a sexual affair
secret.” In the House of Commons, the Attorney General Dominic
Grieve said a new committee will be set up to look at the use of
gagging orders in controversial privacy cases.