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Moyes wins Libel Case

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Glad to see Moyes won the libel case against Rooney and his publishers today. It is also refreshing in modern day football to have a person act with humility rather than calling Rooney & Co all names under the sun.

Added to the fact that the damages awarded are to be donated to Everton Former Players Foundation, I think that Moyes has come out of this affair looking by far the better party, with his (and our) dignity intact. I doff my cap to you, Ginger One.
Dean Paton, Wirral     Posted 03/06/2008 at 12:12:04

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Chris Jones
1   Posted 03/06/2008 at 12:08:34

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Well done Davey for defending your (unblemished) honour and congratulations sir on your decision to donate all your damages to the Blue Blood foundation.

How lucky we are to have a man of such integrity and ability. We salute you!

Bobby McDermott
2   Posted 03/06/2008 at 11:59:13

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At the bottom of the article on Sky News about Moyes winning with libel case against Shrek, it states how he plans to give the damages received to the Everton Former Players Foundation.

What an enormous gulf in character there is between these two individuals. Moyes is forever a gentleman and a legend in my eyes.

Teddy Draper
3   Posted 03/06/2008 at 14:39:33

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Well done David Moyes, one thing springs to mind, If the fat kid lost the case then he must be branded as a liar. What shame and humiliation for a so called role model? for kids!!! I dont think so.
Albert Dock
4   Posted 03/06/2008 at 14:43:26

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I for one am shocked to the core by this announcement.

Does this mean that I can no longer assume that everything in print is the truth?

I feel like I have lost a friend.
roy coyne
5   Posted 03/06/2008 at 14:39:20

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My I just say that David Moyes has just shown that he is now more than just a manager he is a true blue , I know he has claimed in the past that the club is now in his blood , after his selfless act no one could ever doubt it.If only the infamous once a blue had half of Daves integrity he would be twice the man?(if you can call him one) he is.
Trevor Thompson
6   Posted 03/06/2008 at 10:53:21

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Well, it's apparent that the little shit Wayne Rooney will admit that he lied about Mr Moyes was overbearing, controlling and was a factor in him leaving Everton. It seems that his solicitor will read a statement admitting this in the high court. I have read this on another site so cannot vouch for it's credibility, but it is pretty obvious that Rooney was making the whole thing up all the time.
rich g
7   Posted 03/06/2008 at 14:53:44

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Agree with all comments above, it today’s football world, which is obsessed with money, so refreshing to see money being donated to the former players. What a man moyes is, a true blue....hes goin no where....NSNO
Steve Green
8   Posted 03/06/2008 at 12:46:11

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Just read on the wires that Moysey has won his libel case against Rooney and been awarded "substantial" damages. He is quoted as saying that he will guive the money to the Everton Former Players Association. What a great gesture. Good on the man.
Steve Sweeney
9   Posted 03/06/2008 at 14:15:22

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Nice to hear that DM has won his legal case against Shrek and his advisors, also good to hear that Mr Moyes has donated the money to the Former Everton Players Foundation. I think that this speaks volumes for his character and commitment to Everton FC. Well done Davey!!!
patty
10   Posted 03/06/2008 at 14:55:13

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I heartily endorse all the above comments - Davey, your’e a gentleman with honesty and integrity oozing out of every pore.

Expect Shrek to feel any humility and embarrassment - I don’t think so. The lad has a rhino hide and will soon make up the money when he sells his wedding pictures to the highest bidder - or do you think he might donate that to charity. Nah, more likely to buy Colleen a few more handbags!!
Ciaran McGlone
11   Posted 03/06/2008 at 15:31:24

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Say what you like about Moyes as a manager..but as a man he’s clearly a mountain.

Proud to have him on board.

Maybe this whole saga will teach Rooney something....I doubt it though.
Dave Torley
12   Posted 03/06/2008 at 15:40:27

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I’m proud to be a Blue and so is David Moyes.

Rooney, on the other hand..............
Michael Hunt
13   Posted 03/06/2008 at 15:45:36

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Davey Moyes,
Davey Moyes,
Davey Davey Moyes,
He won in Court,
While Shrek won nought,
Then without a second thought...
Davey Moyes donated all the cash to the EFPF. What a fucking fantastic gesture from a real honourable man, manager and Evertonian.
Well in Davey lad, a living legend conducting Evertonian affairs with class and dignity.

Bobby McDermott
14   Posted 03/06/2008 at 16:01:41

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According to Sky Sports the figure is believed to be around 500k, a nice tidy little sum that I don?t think too many people would part with as easily.

Fantastic gesture and is sure to be a massive help to an extremely worthy cause.
Bobby McDermott
15   Posted 03/06/2008 at 16:01:41

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According to Sky Sports the figure is believed to be around 500k, a nice tidy little sum that I don?t think too many people would part with as easily.

Fantastic gesture and is sure to be a massive help to an extremely worthy cause.
Santosh Benjamin
16   Posted 03/06/2008 at 16:07:59

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It just proves that Moyes is a tremendous human being first and foremost. I pray that he stays with us and infuses the club with quality and integrity as we move forwards...COYB
Steve Connor
17   Posted 03/06/2008 at 16:19:28

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Interesting footnote to the Rooney v Moyes libel case article on Sky website:
"Rooney was with Everton from 1996 to 2004...he left to join the current Premier League and European Champions"

The clear indication being "you had him for eight years and he left to join the best team around, so stop whinging you scouse bastards" Am I too paranoid??!
Brendan McLaughlin
18   Posted 03/06/2008 at 16:18:03

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FFS! If only Moyes had been more positive. It was obvious that Rooney was there for the taking & if Moyes had gone for a more adventurous legal team, he could have taken him for so much more.

Come to think of it??????????
Adam Carey
19   Posted 03/06/2008 at 16:32:55

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One word, CLASS! Some have it and others don’t even know what it means.
Well done Mr Moyes, for standing up to an attack against your honour and then for a grand gesture at the end of it.
Andrew Dutton
20   Posted 03/06/2008 at 16:38:02

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What an honest and generous individual, and to donate it to former blues players as well!! David Moyes - Once a blue, always a blue!!!!!
Tom Campbell
21   Posted 03/06/2008 at 17:13:41

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HA well done Moysey you make me proud to be blue

PS. Im surprised you havent donated the 500k to our small transfer budget haha
Tony Williams
22   Posted 03/06/2008 at 17:40:13

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The only downside to the news is that it is the publishers that will be paying up and not Shrek himself. The publishers are blaming their libel proof readers........yeah fucking right, that lying scrote should have been made to pay.

So you can get away with libel in a book, as the publishers will take the blame if the offended person sues!!
Trevor Powell
23   Posted 03/06/2008 at 19:14:15

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Well done Moyesy for calling Shrek to account. It makes me wonder who did leak info to the local press.... my last dime would be on the odious Stretford who was doing everything he could to alienate Coleen’s poodle from his roots!
ron leith
24   Posted 03/06/2008 at 19:31:51

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Did anybody notice that Rooney has failed to apologise as his spokepeson states it was just a matter of poor proof libel reading. So Hunter Davies says to Rooney what made you leave Everton. Rooney mubbles something incoherent in his usual manner and HD makes it all up. I don’t think so somehow. I suspect that Rooney has told HD this and he has written it in good faith. Which makes Rooney a lying little Gobshite.
John Ferguson
25   Posted 03/06/2008 at 19:45:22

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The result of this case and Moyes subsequent announcement to donate the funds to Everton Former Players Foundation show we have a Manager and leader of true class and intergrity.

We such be very proud that his is at our Club...
Ray Robinson
26   Posted 03/06/2008 at 22:06:33

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Can only endorse what has been said already - that, whatever, anyone thinks about Moyes as a manager (and I think he’s pretty good!), we have a man of integrity in charge, who has the club at heart. A tremendous gesture on his part to donate the damages to the Former Players Fund.
Anthony Lamb
27   Posted 03/06/2008 at 22:15:56

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Just sumitted a piece to the Fans Forum on my admiration for David Moyes in the light of his winning his court case and then I noticed Dean had started the ball rolling in the mailbag! Apologies to the editors for wasting their time! Can only endorse what has been said here - let us be very proud of the man who is in charge of team affairs at Everton. Debates about team selections,transfers etc will continue.What is not in doubt is that we have a man of integrity, moral courage and personal generosity. In the cesspit that so often characterises modern day football I think Mr Moyes’ conduct puts us way beyond the so called top four! Sincere congratulations and thanks to David Moyes
David Edwards
28   Posted 03/06/2008 at 23:04:40

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Well done, Davey - you are a man of great integrity and a true gentleman - I’m very proud this evening of having you at the helm of our great club and hope you get the support you need from everyone at the club to make that next step on from last season’s undoubted progress. When you hear of all the managerial changes and back-stabbing around the leagues, I thank our lucky stars we have someone who is displaying that ’true blue’ spirit so clearly - top notch, Davey!
Adam Wightman
29   Posted 04/06/2008 at 11:44:34

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Great posts and well done Dave Moyes, what a great gesture that shows the man oozes class. If you just look at the rest of the team you can see the calibre of character at the club:

Phil Neville is heavily involved in the Children?s Hospital Appeal in Manchester whilst is also an ambassador for the premature baby charity BLISS. Lee Carsley was vice-president of the Everton Disabled Supporters Association and is Patron of the Down?s Syndrome Support Group of Solihull. Whilst Andy Johnson is part of the football-based community project scheme - The A-Stars! These are just some examples of what the players and staff at Everton do for charity.

Well done Moyes, and as for Rooney....the lad is just a nipple.
Keith Glazzard
30   Posted 04/06/2008 at 14:49:33

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A good day’s work all round - and what a way for DM to finish it off with his donation. Class.

Unfortunately, the cash won’t come out of Rooney’s pocket. Harper-Collins, the publisher, admitted liability and paid up. Apparently their libel lawyers couldn’t manage to read the book all the way through - you could possibly sympathise with them there. I suppose Hunter Davies, who wrote it, technically did read it and that makes one person. Fatboy himself is unlikely to have made it from cover to cover.

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