Court awards £18,000 damages for libel on a football fan`s forum
4th July 2017
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The case concerned a posting on the "fansonline " web site . The post appeared to refef to a separate legal action  involving the fans of Blackpool F.C. and the club`s owners. The post referred to Blackpool`s in- house solicitor as " the well known struck off solicitor " .The statement appeared on the website for 3 weeks and repeated on another website. It was read , at most , by hundreds of people.

The Court held the comment was not "mere tongue in cheek salon bar banter ", but was a serious libeland damages of £18,000 were awarded.

The lesson is clear - be very careful what you post on social media sites 

John Buckle - 01922 707 598 - 

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