Ryan Giggs named as Twitter injunction player

Ryan Giggs named as Twitter injunction player

Published May. 24, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs has been named in the House of Commons as the person identified on Twitter in the context of injunctions.

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.