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.