Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy ‘to come face to face amid ‘Wagatha Christie’ court battle’
Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy are reportedly set to join their wives Coleen and Rebekah in crucial talks following the first round of their ‘Wagatha Christie’ court battle.
The two footballers, who were close pals while playing for England together, are allegedly set to support their partners in the latest round of talks during the long-running court battle.
It comes after Rebekah won the first round of her and Coleen’s High Court libel battle, after she was accused of leaking stories about Coleen’s private life to the media.
Surprise meeting: Wayne Rooney is reportedly set to join wife Coleen (pictured) during her next round of talks with Rebekah Vardy amid their ‘Wagatha Christie’ court battle
According to sources, earlier this year Jamie supported wife Rebekah when she and Coleen came face-to-face for talks earlier this year.
Wayne was absent from the talks on Zoom, but Coleen is reportedly determined he will be present for the next mediation hearing, which will take place in the New Year.
A source told The Sun: ‘These talks could easily end up with fireworks and a blazing row. Having Wayne with her will be a massive boost for Coleen.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Coleen Rooney, Rebekah Vardy, Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy for comment.
Having her back: Sources claim Rebekah will also be supported by her husband Jamie (pictured) during the next mediation, which is scheduled for the New Year
It comes just days after Rebekah Vardy won the first round of their High Court libel battle on Friday after she was accused of leaking stories about Coleen’s private life to the media.
Coleen accused Rebekah of giving the press ‘false stories’ about her private life last October after carrying out a months-long ‘sting operation’ which saw her dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’.
The wife of former England star Wayne Rooney claimed fellow footballer’s wife Rebekah shared fake stories she had posted on her personal Instagram account with The Sun newspaper.
On Friday, the court ruled the post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’ – but minutes later Coleen hit back with a statement via her spokesman, saying she was ‘keen’ to hear what Vardy has to say in court.
1-0 to her! It comes just days after Rebekah won the first round of her and Coleen’s High Court libel battle on Friday after being accused of leaking stories about her private life to the media
Coleen infamously wrote on Instagram and Twitter: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
Rebekah denies the accusations and is suing Coleen for damages for libel at the High Court in London.
Friday’s ruling at the High Court related to the wording in the final sentence of the post, with Coleen claiming she simply referred to Rebekah’s Instagram account rather than Rebekah herself.
But the judge said an ordinary reader would not take the word ‘account’ to ‘indicate that Coleen remains in doubt about who the wrongdoer was’. He also disagreed with Coleen’s claim that using multiple ellipses in the final line diluted the meaning.
This means the court has no doubt as to who the accusation was made against – Rebekah – which will be a consideration if the libel case goes to trial next year.
Later that day, Coleen’s spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Today’s ruling on the technical legal meaning of the post changes nothing. Coleen’s defence to this misguided action was filed last month.
‘It sets out clearly the facts of her case, which remain the same irrespective of any decision on the meaning. The key issues of the case remain the three stories from Coleen’s private Instagram account published by The Sun and Rebekah’s relationship with the newspaper, including its ‘Secret Wag’ column.
Shock: Coleen accused Rebekah of giving the press ‘false stories’ about her private life last October after carrying out a months-long ‘sting operation’
‘Coleen is pleased the judge has ordered that Rebekah must file her reply to the defence, on oath, by no later than December 8. After three years of stress and anxiety about the leaks from her private social media account, Coleen is keen to see progress made on the real issues, beginning with what Rebekah has to tell the court.’
Announcing his decision, the judge said that the meaning he had determined was ‘substantially the same as the claimant’s meaning’.
In his ruling, Justice Warby said Coleen’s message was ‘a considered post, using wording composed with some care’, adding: ‘It would be clear to the ordinary reader from the outset that it was meant seriously and intended to convey a message of some importance.’
The statement: Last October, Coleen publicly accused Becky’s account in a statement of selling fake stories about her, sparking an angry denial from the then-pregnant WAG
The judge disagreed with Mrs Rooney’s claim that using multiple ellipses in the infamous final line of the post – ‘It’s…………….Rebekah Vardy’s account’ – diluted the meaning.
He wrote: ‘Indeed, the element of suspense introduced by the multiple dots seems to me designed to raise expectations of a dramatic revelation.
‘It tends to emphasise the importance of the name that is then provided. It would be a poor denouement if all that was being said was that the named individual was to be suspected of the wrongdoing but it might be someone else.’
He also rejected Coleen’s contention that she simply referred to Rebekah’s Instagram account rather than Rebekah herself.
Ruling: In his ruling, Justice Warby said Coleen’s post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’ (pictured in 2016)