In an article published on July 25, 2010, under the heading ‘Glove Rat’, we suggested former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc had sent x-rated texts and pictures by phone to a mystery woman while his fiancé was pregnant.
We now accept these allegations were untrue and texts and pictures referred to were not sent by Mr Boruc.
We apologise for the wrong report and for any distress we may have caused to Mr Boruc and his fiancé.
The apology came with substantial damages of £70,000.
According to the BBC:
Roddy Dunlop QC, for News Group, said they thought they had good reason - at the time - to carry the story but had been "victim of a highly complex deceit by one man".
Mr Dunlop said: "The defenders accept that they were entirely taken in by this fraud but they were not reckless or irresponsible in the beliefs that they held.
"It was only when the phone details began to emerge that the tissue of lies was revealed."
But Roy Greenslade picks up some interesting quotes from the original article:
"Last night a friend of the Hoops hero... said: 'This is not a good time for this to come out. Artur's been stupid.'
The pal, who asked not to be named, added: 'He can't remember what he sent her but he should NEVER have done it.'"
In the light of the paper's admission that the story itself was untrue, these quotes are exposed as having been concocted.