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 May 21, 2011  Breaches, Court, Non-U.S.

Robert Verkaik reports:

A journalist on one of Britain’s most respected newspapers – who also appears on a widely-viewed BBC programme – could face a jail sentence after naming on Twitter a Premier League footballer who had taken out a privacy injunction.

In the first case of its kind, lawyers for the soccer star have persuaded a High Court judge to ask Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC to consider a criminal prosecution against the writer for breaching a privacy injunction. If Mr Grieve decides to issue contempt of court proceedings, the individual faces a prison sentence of up to two years.

Read more in the Daily Mail.

If you’re thinking that this is the case we’ve been reading about involving Imogen Thomas, think again. The Daily Mail indicates that this is another player and another case:

The England footballer, known only by his court codename of TSE, instructed lawyers to ask the judge to pass the case on to the Attorney General’s office. And he agreed.

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The footballers’ lawyers, libel and privacy specialists Schillings, are also representing another Premier League player who has brought a claim for Twitter to disclose the names of users who may have breached the terms of his privacy injunction.

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