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Rebekah Vardy and agent discussed leaking Riyad Mahrez training story, court told

By Adela Whittingham & Olivia Williams

Rebekah Vardy has denied leaking a story to the press about a football player during her libel trail with Coleen Rooney.

The WAG has accused Coleen Rooney of leaking fake stories about her in October 2019 . Mrs Rooney, who is married to former England star Wayne Rooney, uploaded several fake stories to her private Instagram account in a bid to find out who was “betraying” her before revealing it on Twitter in the now-famous Wagatha Christie post.

Mrs Vardy, 40, denies the allegations and is suing Mrs Rooney for defamation. Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie, is being taken through messages with her agent Caroline Watt while giving evidence at London’s High Court today.

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She tells Watt in one message that Riyad Mahrez, who played for Leicester at the time, but now is a Manchester City winger, had not turned up to training and added: “The lads are fuming”. David Sherborne, for Mrs Rooney, asked Mrs Vardy: “She realises how juicy this story is. She says ‘really??’ with two question marks.

“What's interesting is that the lads are fuming. That's the inside story from the teammates, including your husband." Mrs Vardy said: “I was speculating. I overheard conversation, read things in the press.

"Lots of things were being said about what was said in the dressing room. I had read comments from his family as well. It was just gossip.”

Sherborne continued: “Did you or did you not know that the lads were fuming?” Mrs Vardy said: “No I didn't know that for a fact.” The court heard Watt then asked Mrs Vardy: “Why don’t you tell [Sky Sports journalist] Rob Dorsett?” to which Mrs Vardy replied: “I just don’t want it coming back to me”.

Watt is then said to have messaged: “I can tell someone” and Mrs Vardy replies: “Yeah, do it”. Mrs Vardy told the court: “I didn’t see what harm that comment would do. It was a bit of harmless gossip. I wasn’t in the dressing room so I can’t comment on what was said.”

After it was suggested her husband was in the dressing room, Mrs Vardy said: “I don't know if he was. This has got nothing to do with my husband.” An article in The S*n was then published stating that Mahrez’s teammates had “turned on him”.

Mr Sherborne said: “What they have in their exclusive, that none of the other newspapers have, is that Mr Mahrez failed to turn up as his teammates turn on him.” Mrs Vardy said: “This has nothing to do with me”.

The WAG was also asked about whether she had told Watt she wanted payment for a story about Chelsea player Danny Drinkwater being arrested for drink-driving. Vardy said the information was already on social media and the message about payment was “fleeting” and “not a serious comment”.

She said: “It was something I felt was dangerous and at the time I didn’t care if the information came out or not. And it was rightly something he should have to deal with.” After hearing The S*n had already had a tip-off and were preparing the story for their front page, Mrs Vardy is said to have told Watt: “I’m fuming I didn't give it to you earlier”.

Mr Sherborne asked her: “Why are you fuming that you didn't give it to Caroline earlier?” Mrs Vardy said: “I don't know why I was fuming I didn't give it to Caroline earlier. It wasn't because The S*n already had it for their front page.”

Sherborne added: “Caroline Watt knows you’re fuming. She says: ‘Me too, that would have been a fortune’.” Mrs Vardy replied: “With laughing faces. If she was angry there would have been crying faces.“

"I know how badly they read and I apologise for how badly they read. These are private conversations between two people that knew each other very well, that knew each other’s sense of humour.”

Asked if she messaged Drinkwater to try and get his address so Watt could tip-off the paparazzi, Mrs Vardy said: “If I did message him, which I can’t remember if I did, I would have told him he’s a f***ing idiot.”

The court also heard messages between the pair discussing a well-known female celebrity, known as Mrs F, sleeping with a footballer, known only as Mr G, behind her husband’s back.

Mrs Vardy is said to have told Watt: “Oh my god have you seen how badly she is behaving. I’m actually disgusted with her.“ Leak the story about her sh***ging Mr G behind his back”.

Watt is then said to have explained she had already tried to leak the story but The S*n weren’t able to prove it, to which Mrs Vardy replied: “eugh”. Asked if she had told Watt to leak the story, Mrs Vardy said: “That’s the way it reads but in context, bits of information mixed in with other bits of information.

I was just joking about that one.“ I think it was a gossip that was circulating quite a bit. I used the word leak where I probably shouldn’t use the word leak. I was just joking when I said this comment”.

During questioning about whether Mrs Vardy had asked Watt to leak a different story about a footballer who had cheated on his wife, Mr Sherborne said: “That was standard practice, wasn’t it, that you gave information to Ms Watt and she would give it to the S*n?”

“No,” she replied. The trial continues.

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