Rebekah Vardy backed by High Court in Coleen Rooney libel hearing

Coleen Rooney smiling for the camera Coleen Rooney wife of former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of selling stories about her to British tabloid newspaper The Sun

Coleen Rooney smiling for the camera Coleen Rooney wife of former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of selling stories about her to British tabloid newspaper The Sun

Last year, Coleen Rooney accused fellow soccer spouse Rebekah Vardy of leaking personal information to the British tabloids, after apparently ensnaring Vardy in an Instagram sting operation worthy of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In October past year, Rooney, whose husband is England's record goalscorer and former captain, said she had carefully planned and executed a sting operation to see who was leaking stories about her, and that her detective work had worked out who was responsible.

Vardy, whose husband Jamie plays for Leicester City, launched legal action after Rooney claimed in an Instagram post that she was behind stories about her private life in The Sun newspaper.

Now that the WAG feud has become a fully-fledged High Court battle, some of Britain's top lawyers have done their own analysis of Rooney's words for all to see.

"Mrs Rooney intends to defend these words as true in whatever meaning".

On Friday afternoon, Mr Justice Warby will rule on the "natural and ordinary" meaning of Mrs Rooney's posts following a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Announcing his decision, the judge said that the meaning he had determined was "substantially the same as the claimant's meaning".

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.

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"The impression the reader would take away would be the essential message, that it was Rebekah Vardy's account that was the source of private stories about the defendant appearing in The Sun - not Rebekah Vardy herself. 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".

Last year. Rooney wrote she had gradually narrowed down access to her private Instagram after information appeared in the newspaper and deduced that Vardy's account was behind it. "The post then takes the form of a "whodunnit".

Mrs Rooney's accusation "leaves the reasonable reader in no doubt that the defendant is accusing the claimant of consistently and repeatedly betraying her trust over several years", Mr Tomlinson argued.

He said that Rooney in a "sting operation" limited access to her private account to just the @beckyvardy account but argued her post "stops short of (assigning) guilt".

In court, Vardy's lawyer Hugh Tomlinson called Rooney's posts an "untrue and unjustified defamatory attack. published and republishes to millions of people".

He added: 'In fact, she did nothing wrong. "Whatever leaks there were did not come from her".

He added: "There is nothing in these words, apart from the word "account", that in any way suggests that the behaviour of which Mrs Rooney is complaining might have been carried out by anyone other than the account holder, Mrs Vardy".

Rebekah's denied the accusations, and says she "suffered extreme distress and embarrassment as a result".

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