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His name is Rio...

Rio Ferdinand appeared in the High Court yesterday, as part of yet another case of philandering footballers Vs the tabloids. Rio is suing The Mirror after the newspaper printed a kiss and tell story about his 13 year relationship with a girl who is emphatically not his good lady wife. But the player found himself in the dock, after the QC for The Mirror tore into his carefully fabricated life as a family man and faithful husband. Rio apparently had numerous liasons while on holiday with pal Frank Lampard, including one where he foolishly filmed himself with a lady.

According to The Daily Mail, Rio told the court,‘It has been stressful and embarrassing for me to have to explain to fellow professionals as well as family members and friends and it has inevitably put a strain on my relationship with my wife. The article made it out like it was referring to events that only happened yesterday, but in fact I had not met this girl for six years by the time it was published.'

Rio was critised by the QC for The Mirror, who accused the footballer of attempting to 'airbrush' his seedy past of his autobiography 'My Life'. The case continues...

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