Allardyce awarded legal damages from Kean
Sam Allardyce has received substantial damages in the High Court today over claims made against him by Steve Kean.
January 16th, 2013
The current West Ham manager received an undisclosed sum from his successor at Blackburn Rovers, Steve Kean, after the latter made “false and defamatory” comments during Rovers’ pre-season tour of Hong Kong in the summer of 2011.
In the video – which was uploaded to Youtube in May 2012 and subsequently reported on in the press – an apparently drunk Kean brands Allardyce “a f**king crook” during a conversation with Blackburn fans in the hotel bar, reasoning that this was why he was fired from the post at Ewood Park.
Blackburn Rovers issued a formal apology to Mr Allardyce in a statement on their website a week ago, following Allardyce’s instruction to lawyers in July.
“Whilst in Hong Kong, Mr Kean was in a bar and falsely alleged that Sam Allardyce, our previous manager, was sacked by us because he was a crook,” the statement read. “This is completely false and we apologise to Mr Allardyce for the embarrassment and distress caused to him by Mr Kean.”
Allardyce’s solicitor told the court today that Kean had agreed to withdraw the allegation on the grounds of it being a falsehood, and offered an undisclosed sum by way of apology.
Kean’s counsel apologised on his behalf and said he was happy to set the record straight. Following Blackburn’s apology, the club was not a party to today’s proceedings.