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I was visiting the clubs website today and stumbled upon this news :

CHELSEA STATEMENT ON SUNDAY TIMES APOLOGY Posted on: Sun 14 Jun 2009

The following statement has been released by Chelsea Football Club on behalf of Roman Abramovich and the club with regard to an apology published today by The Sunday Times. The statement says:

The Sunday Times has today (Sunday, June 14) unreservedly apologised on page 2 of their newspaper to Roman Abramovich and Chelsea FC regarding allegations that they published on January 18, 2009.

The Sunday Times had claimed on Page 1 of that days' edition of the newspaper that despite Roman Abramovich and Chelsea's clear public denials to the contrary, and despite having been told of the denials several times before publication, that in fact Mr Abramovich was trying to sell his interest in Chelsea.

Legal proceedings for defamation were immediately commenced against the publishers of The Sunday Times as a result of the publication of the story. The Sunday Times now accepts that its allegations were untrue.

We wish to make it clear that neither the wording nor the positioning of the apology were agreed with either Roman Abramovich or Chelsea before publication today.

The Sunday Times have been told that their actions have only aggravated the position. An application will now be made in the High Court for a Judge to assess the amount of damages and legal costs to be paid by The Sunday Times to both Roman Abramovich and Chelsea for publishing the defamatory comments and for their subsequent actions.

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I hope Rupert Murdoch is made to fork out sh*tloads of money. But I'd rather revert to mediaeval practices, like making him walk naked down Fleet Street, being flagellated by monks.

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It was a stupid article, i honestly think we are one lucky club to have Roman. He generally loves football for the game it is and all he wants to do is make the club he loves play the most beautiful football in the world. He's heavily involved with helping Russian football advance and unlike other owners he's not greedy trying to make money. Why would a man who wanted to leave chelsea divide most of the money he put into chelsea back into chelsea shares rather than let us carry a larger debt. I think he just deserves a lot more respect by other people and you can always see him at the matches enjoying himself plus he often goes down to cobham training center and chats with the boys, personally greatest chairman we've ever had i think.

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Not seen this reported anywhere...yet the original story was EVERYWHERE! That is what is wrong with the press in this country!

This is what annoys me about the media (and I mean far wider than just Chelsea). They can print a story filled with fabrication, with a massive attention seeking headline, and an angle clearly designed to tap into the public mood and when they are proved to be basing it on lies then they offer a small print apology on page 17 just under the advert for a commemorative plate.

As far as I am concerned, when a paper is proved to have blatantly lied in a story or even made no effort whatseover to validate its sources, then the concept of punitive/exemplary damages should be brought into play whereby the guilty party has to pay a level of compensation which has a material impact on them so as to deter them from committing similar offences in future

So if Geezer claims Roman is walking out on Chelsea to buy a stake in Ben Affleck's acting career then Geezer has to pay two bob and a biscuit in punitive damages but if a crap British paper with a sizable reading figures does it then the damges should extend to multiple millions.

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I've searched and searched online for the ST's apology, to see why it has aggravated the situation. Can't find it anywhere.

Maybe that's why Chelsea are so angry - the paper couldn't even be bothered to put it online. It is pretty pathetic that they failed to consult us on the wording and positioning of the apology.

Let's hope they have to really grovel and pay big damages.

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As far as I am concerned, when a paper is proved to have blatantly lied in a story or even made no effort whatseover to validate its sources, then the concept of punitive/exemplary damages should be brought into play whereby the guilty party has to pay a level of compensation which has a material impact on them so as to deter them from committing similar offences in future

:D absolutely

If everyone, not just football clubs, started waging a lawsuit for every lie and half truth published by some of these outlets they would learn pretty damned quickly. Redtops would be put out of business, and the 'legitimate' newspapers would be so deep in cases and settlements they would change their act pretty quickly.

I have grown used to disregarding what the tabloids print, and trusting sources such as the times (despite what is here), guardian, observer, independent, etc, but even with these I can see them give over to sensationalism at times. Sadly, in this world of short attention spans, if a paper cant beat em they join em.

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It was a stupid article, i honestly think we are one lucky club to have Roman. He generally loves football for the game it is and all he wants to do is make the club he loves play the most beautiful football in the world. He's heavily involved with helping Russian football advance and unlike other owners he's not greedy trying to make money. Why would a man who wanted to leave chelsea divide most of the money he put into chelsea back into chelsea shares rather than let us carry a larger debt. I think he just deserves a lot more respect by other people and you can always see him at the matches enjoying himself plus he often goes down to cobham training center and chats with the boys, personally greatest chairman we've ever had i think.

I agree that we're lucky to have Roman but I had to chuckle at the "most beautiful football in the world" comment. That's why he's hired the likes of Mourinho, Grant and Hiddink, very tactical managers who don't exactly preach free-flowing, beautiful football?

I do agree that he cares about the team in addition to the money and any allegations to the contrary are ridiculous. But I guess since Chelsea is so easy to hate, so is Roman. No need for facts to get in the way of good old fashioned bashing, eh?

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The problem is of course Chelsea /Roman bashing has become a very popular past time in this country and the papers have picked up on it. Not a lot happening in the football world, lets slag of Chelsea that will sell a few papers.

I agree that runnning a small retraction months later buried somewhere on page 17 means nothing compared to the damage a front page headline could do.

It also does'nt deter the tabliods from doing it all again a few months later.

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