Rumours that it wasn't just journalists at the News of The World who'd been eavesdropping on people's private voicemail messages to make a splash in its paper are going to be challenged at the highest level of Britain's courts. Allegations over phone hacking have been lodged at The High Court against the newspaper group which owns The Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People tabloids. Four people in the public eye are being represented by Mark Lewis, the same man who successfully led the fight for the family of murdered schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, and countless others against Rupert Murdoch over similar claims.
Three out of four of those claims have big footballing connections: Former England manager, Sven Goran Eriksson's affair with TV Presenter, Ulrika Jonsson was revealed in a Sunday Mirror scoop back in 2002. In July, last year the Trinity Mirror Group responded to hacking allegations over this story, saying 'Our journalists work within the criminal law and the Press Complaints Commission'scode of conduct."
Gareth Flitcroft is the second soccer suit. Ten years ago, when he was captain of Blackburn Rovers FC, The Sunday People published the fact he was having an extra-marital affair. The nanny for the children of the world's most famous footballer, David Beckham's also taking action. As is a star from the world's longest running soap opera: Coronation Street's Shobna Gulati who plays Sunita.
So the year 2002, seems to crop up a fair bit with regard to these cases. TV presenter, Piers Morgan was the editor of at least one of the accused papers back then. Of course, he's now a big star earning huge sums in the US, hosting his own talk show on CNN. Wonder how his bosses there feel about the today's developments?