Anti-Doping Agency Gets Partial Win In Soccer Pro's Libel Suit

Law360, London (February 11, 2020, 10:36 PM GMT) -- A London judge handed down a preliminary decision Tuesday in a libel case brought by a Premier League footballer against the World Anti-Doping Agency, largely siding with the organization on the meaning of emails sent to journalists at major news organizations.

High Court Judge Karen Steyn rejected arguments by the French player, Mamadou Sakho, that emailed statements from WADA — which were republished widely by the Telegraph and Guardian newspapers — can be read as saying he "culpably and/or recklessly" took performance-enhancing drugs and should have been punished more strongly.

"The hypothetical reasonable reader, with some interest in sport, would not...

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