Footballer Rio Ferdinand has lost his High Court privacy action over a story in the Sunday Mirror about an alleged affair. It hinged on whether the newspaper was justified in publishing its story because the public interest was such that its Article 10 right to freedom of expression was of a greater importance than Ferdinand's Article 8 privacy right under the Human Rights Act.
Ferdinand had branded the article "My Affair with England
Captain Rio" a "gross invasion of my privacy" and said he had not seen the woman for six years by the time it appeared. He forgot to add though that the alleged affair took place over a span of some 13 years...
I mention this as I don't like the guy at all and had he not tried to quash the original story with his millions, I doubt I'd even have heard of his antics. More importantly, if he was so concerned about having his privacy so grossly invaded, why did he have this affair in the first place?
Full sp at the Beeb