Yet another England footballer has won an injunction banning the press from reporting on his private life. He becomes the third England player to win an injunction in the past two weeks alone.
Per the terms of the injunctions, none of the footballers can be named, but the internet rumour-mill has already kicked into overdrive -- several people have already posted anonymously to message boards to identify the names of the players concerned.
A number of footballers have won injunctions against the media this year, including the former England captain John Terry.
The High Court ultimately repealed Terry's injunction, you may remember, which allowed the media to disclose details about his alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the former partner of his England teammate Wayne Bridge.
The latest gagging order was granted on Saturday evening by the on-duty High Court judge, Mr Justice Kenneth Parker.
Only time will tell how long the injunctions last for or how successful they will be. Many in the media are already predicting the footballers will fall foul of the now notorious "Streisand effect".
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