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National Enquirer in the US names Premier League stars who were granted British injunctions

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By Jessica Goodfellow | Media Reporter

June 1, 2016 | 4 min read

The National Enquirer has revealed the identities of four top sports figures from the UK accused of adultery - including a Premier League manager and footballer - all of whom were granted injunctions by the British courts.

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While the four sportsmen were identified this afternoon in the US, blocking software means UK readers will not be able to access the online story.

One of those outed is a married Premier League footballer who won an injunction in 2011, arguing allegations of his adultery would have a "devastating effect" on his marriage.

A football manager thought to be involved in a sexting scandal has also been named, as well as a sportsman alleged to have cheated on his fiancee with a famous celebrity.

The fourth sportsman won two super injunctions against the Sun in 2008, banning the publication of any details of his private life.

The court orders for the four sportsmen are still in force in Britain, despite many of them being named on social media and other websites outside of the UK. It is the latest example of foreign publications poking holes in attempts by celebrities to gag the press.

It comes just two weeks after the UK court ruled in favour of an injunction barring the publication of the identities of the celebrity couple involved in an alleged threesome following a lengthy legal battle.

Judges at the Supreme Court were expected to lift the gagging order around the celebrity, known in court as PJS, but instead ruled that publication of the story would "infringe the privacy rights of the claimant - referred to as PJS - his partner, and their children".

While the injunction prevents the press in England and Wales from naming the couple, that has not prevented publications anywhere else in the world to reveal their identities, including Scotland and Ireland.

Last week a second privacy battle kicked off involving a well-known public figure who allegedly sexually harassed a hairdresser, who has obtained a gagging order forbidding the publication of his identity.

Two judges ruled that News Group Newspapers should not be barred from revealing the identities of people involved in the hairdresser case following employment tribunal hearings.

The person, referred to as RA in tribunal rulings, is preparing to ask appeal judges to consider the case and an injunction barring publication of names. The case is set to be analysed by Court of Appeal judges.

The person has reportedly been named in the US.

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