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Gascoigne's ex-wife wins libel damages

Footballer's ex-wife Sheryl sued The People over suggestions of blocking visits with their son.

Veteran football player Paul Gascoigne's ex-wife Sheryl has won undisclosed damages from MGN Limited over a December 2009 article in The People, the Independent has reported.

The article headlined "Gazza heartache: Star in new booze fear after rift with son" suggested that Sheryl prevented Gascoigne (nicknamed Gazza) from seeing their son Regan.

It also suggested that she had deliberately changed her telephone numbers to prevent him talking to Regan and that her "insensitivity" would lead Gascoigne to revert to drinking.

Sheryl's lawyer, Roddy Chisholm-Batten, argued that the story was untrue and said that MGN should apologise publicly for the distress and embarrassment caused to Sheryl and also pay her damages for legal costs.

MGN solicitor Louise Jacobs apologised and the company also paid an undisclosed amount in damages.