Footballer says he suspects phone hacked

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FORMER Sheffield United player Garry Flitcroft, who tried to stop a tabloid publishing details of his adultery, has suggested journalists may have hacked his phone.

Flitcroft played six times for the Blades in 2006, and his younger brother David is assistant manager at Barnsley. He is now manager of Northern Premier League side Chorley FC.

Flitcroft took out an injunction in April 2001 to prevent The People newspaper running a ‘kiss and tell’ story about a brief affair. The injunction was overturned by the Court of Appeal in early 2002, leading to public humiliation for the married dad when his name was finally disclosed.

Flitcroft told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards he ‘strongly suspected’ reporters had hacked his phone to discover details of a second woman with whom he had an affair. But he admitted he had no firm evidence that his voicemail messages were illegally intercepted.

He told the inquiry: “That is just speculation. I have no evidence at all. It just seems a massive coincidence that the same newspaper gets two girls in the space of a couple of months.”

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