Colin Montgomerie charity denies former Scottish Sun editor Steve Sampson's claimed involvement

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By The Drum Team | Staff Writer

September 9, 2011 | 2 min read

A cancer charity run by Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has denied that former editor of The Scottish Sun, Steve Sampson, is its vice chairman.

Sampson, who is fighting a provisional liquidation order against his company TalentNation, had claimed on his LinkedIn profile that he had close links with the charity.

The profile claims: “He is Vice Chairman of Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie's cancer charity, currently working to raise £3M for a cancer ward near Glasgow.”

Sampson is due in Scotland’s supreme court – The Court of Sesssion – next Tuesday to defend an action launched by Scottish Enterprise who had invested £1m in the website, which was a social network for the sports community.

The organisation is also a fighting legal action from a string of former staff including athlete Brian Whittle.

Lucinda Rivers, a director for the Montgomerie charity, The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, contacted The Drum, to deny Sampson's involvement.

Said Rivers: “He is stating that he is a chairman of one of Colin Montgomerie’s charities – he has never been the vice chairman of any of our charities and I don’t know why he is saying that. He did an event for Colin about 10 years ago and we have met with him and he has helped with contacts, but he has never been a vice chairman of the charity. I don’t know where he has got that from.The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation has two advisers and he isn’t one of them.”

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