Footballer's claim is dismissed as judge's ruling favours defendant's right to freedom of expression

Rio Ferdinand had an important and ambassadorial role representing the country as England captain, the judge said. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Footballer Rio Ferdinand on Thursday lost his privacy action over a "kiss and tell" story published by the Sunday Mirror.

The England and Manchester United star was not at the high court in London to hear Mr Justice Nicol dismiss his claim against Sunday Mirror publisher Mirror Group Newspapers. Ferdinand will pay MGN's legal costs.

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