The worst kept secret in English football is finally out: the national team captain, John Terry, 29, had an affair with French model Vanessa Perroncel, 28, the ex-girlfriend of former Chelsea teammate, neighbour, fellow England player, and supposed friend Wayne Bridge.
On Friday, Mr. Terry lost a legal battle to keep details of the affair secret. In lifting the week-old "super-injunction" - which prevented publication of stories about the relationship and the very existence of an injunction - High Court Justice Michael Tugendhat said Mr. Terry's prime concern was "to protect his reputation, in particular with sponsors."
Mr. Tugendhat also dismissed Mr. Terry's contention that publication jeopardised the rights of his family to a private life under the Human Rights Act: "I do not find it credible that rumours that have circulated as widely as the rumours in this case ... have not yet reached the ears of at least [Mrs. Terry]. If they have not yet got that far, they surely will do very soon."