See you in court
Now it’s the boys turn
Problems with the national team
Not too much attention
Damning evidence from former FA employee
‘Talking nonsense’
Early finish
Arguing with Coleen is like arguing with a pigeon
How it all began
Rebekah Vardy’s response
How did it all begin ?
Detective Rooney
Phase 2 of the plan
CSI: Wags
Media field day
Denial
Vardy's friend and agent: Ms Watts
Fingers pointed
Not the first time
First day of trial
Deliberate loss of evidence
Not a coincidence - says Rooney's lawyer
The trial continues
Passing on private information
Reputations at stake and a lot to prove
This is not an 'entertaining case'
But who is Rebekah Vardy?
Kids
Husband Vardy
Known for...
A friendship turned sour
Coleen Rooney: not signed up to be a wag
Success, marriage and retirement
Good news?
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See you in court

The trial continues for Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy. Dubbed the 'Wagatha Christie case', these two wives of English footballers went to High Court with a trial that began on Tuesday 10th May. Last week saw accusations, investigations, admissions - but also pidgeons, chipolatas, emojis as well as a panic over the identity of one Davy Jones. This week the trial has resumed with even more to talk about.

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Now it’s the boys turn

Football legend Wayne Rooney gave evidence in court this week in his wife’s libel case against Rebekha Vardy. Jamie Vardy also had some harsh words for Wayne outside the court.

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Problems with the national team

The Manchester United legend told the High Court that the England manager Roy Hodgson asked him to speak to the Leicester City striker to get him to “calm down” his wife Rekebah, whose media work was said to be causing a distraction during Euro 2016.

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Not too much attention

Ms Robertson, a former employee with the FA, said the practice at Euro 2016 was to “spread out” the wives and girlfriends attending football matches “to prevent the press from taking group shots that garnered more public interest”. Vardy, as many know, sat directly behind Mrs Rooney.

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Damning evidence from former FA employee

A former FA employee gave evidence this week claiming that Vardy's former statement saying that Coleen Rooney had sat in her seat so she took the closest one there was, is simply untrue.

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‘Talking nonsense’

In a statement issued by Vardy's representatives outside the court on Tuesday, the footballer said: "Wayne is talking nonsense."

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Early finish

The Vardys left court early - with her lawyer saying, “Mrs Vardy isn’t feeling very well”.

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Arguing with Coleen is like arguing with a pigeon

Rebekah Vardy may have left court early, but she hasn't yet backed down on this case. In a statement she gave to the Daily Mail, at the time the accusation was made, she said: “Arguing with Coleen is like arguing with a pigeon. You can tell it that you are right and it is wrong but it’s still going to s--t in your hair.” We take a look at the full story since the two ladies started the row in 2019.

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How it all began

Coleen Rooney's lawyers have claimed that Rebekah Vardy leaked Coleen's personal information to The Sun - if not directly, then through her friend and agent.

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Rebekah Vardy’s response

Vardy is suing Rooney for libel over her allegations in a trial that will last seven days and be decided at the end by a judge - not a jury. A libel or slander lawsuit seeks monetary damages for harm caused by the statement, such as pain and suffering, damage to the plaintiff's reputation, lost wages etc.

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How did it all begin ?

Rooney claimed that 3 separate stories from her Instagram account had been leaked to the Sun newspaper. The fake stories posted included her plan to return to TV, a basement flood and travelling to Mexico for a "gender selection" procedure. The Sun got them all.

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Detective Rooney

Rooney said she had planted this series of fake stories about herself on her personal Instagram stories account (stories being posts on the social media app which are no longer visable after 24 hours).

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Phase 2 of the plan

In an attempt to discover the culprit, Rooney said she had altered the privacy settings to make the posts visible to just one person's account - Vardy’s.

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CSI: Wags

In the post where she revealed her "sting operation", Rooney wrote: "For a few years now, someone who I trusted to follow me on my personal Instagram account has been consistently informing The Sun newspaper of my private posts and stories."

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Media field day

After Coleen Rooney's 'sting operation' the press went into a frenzy - which quickly led to her to be called 'Wagatha Cristie'.

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Denial

Vardy’s barrister, Hugh Tomlinson QC, denied his client had personally leaked any stories to the Sun, nor had she approved or condoned “anyone else to do so on her behalf”.

Photo: Twitter @RebekahVardy

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Vardy's friend and agent: Ms Watts

According to The BBC, a pre-trial hearing was held less than two weeks before the trial began. Mrs Rooney's barrister said Mrs Vardy now "appears to accept" that it was, in fact, Ms Watt was the source of leaked stories. Watts is Vardy's close friend, confidant and agent. Ms Watt has denied that it was her who leaked the stories - but is unable to appear in court due to bad health.

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Fingers pointed

Coleen Rooney's representation said that Mrs Vardy's connection to Ms Watt was "like hiring a hitman or woman", the BBC continued to quote from the pre-trial.
He said: "Just because you're not the person who gets their hands dirty, doesn't mean you're not equally responsible."

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Not the first time

The Guardian reported that the court heard this episode is not the first time information has been leaked by Vardy. Reportedly, Rebekah failed in an attempt to sell a story about another footballer who was caught drink driving.

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First day of trial

Coleen Rooney has accused Rebekah Vardy of conducting a “deliberate and calculated” campaign to destroy evidence prior to their “Wagatha Christie” libel trial, as claimed in an article in the Guardian.

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Deliberate loss of evidence

Rooney’s lawyers claimed possibly important WhatsApp messages involving Vardy had been deleted manually, referring to an unfortunate incident with Watt's mobile phone. Vardy’s agent accidentally dropped her mobile phone off the side of a boat in the North Sea, then Rooney's lawyers also pointed out how Vardy’s own IT expert lost the password to a backup of her WhatsApp account.

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Not a coincidence - says Rooney's lawyer

"To borrow from Wilde, to lose one significant set of documents may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two, carelessness, but to lose 10? That must be concealment,"
Mr Sherborne, Rooney's representation, said in a written statement, according to the BBC. He continued to state how 'unfortunate' that it fell into the sea "within days" of the court ordering that it should be searched for disclosure.

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The trial continues

According to a report made by the Guardian, Rebekah Vardy has 'admitted' she knew Ms Watts was discussing private information about Coleen Rooney to a journalist at the Sun.

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Passing on private information

The Guardian also directly quotes the exchange between Rooney's barrister and Vardy who was in the witness box. Rooney’s barrister asked Vardy: “You didn’t object at any stage to the fact that Ms Watt was plainly passing on information?”
“I didn’t think she was passing on any new information.”
“Take the word ‘new’ out of it. Did you, or did you not, know that Ms Watt was passing on information from Mrs Rooney’s private account?”

Vardy replied: “She was talking to Mr Halls about information that was already being discussed.”

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Reputations at stake and a lot to prove

Pride and reputations are at stake on both sides. Mrs Rooney needs to prove that it was in fact Mrs Vardy who leaked the stories. Vardy's lawyer, Mr Tomlinson said that his client "needs to be able to clear her name through this case, so she can move on from this terrible episode.

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This is not an 'entertaining case'

The BBC quote him as saying how the trial has become "a source of "entertainment" in the media. He adds, "this is far from being an entertaining case. It has been profoundly distressing and disturbing."

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But who is Rebekah Vardy?

Rebekah Vardy was born Rebekah Miranda Nicholson, on February 17, 1982, in Norwich city, England. A TV personality and model, the 'wife and girlfriend' has been on a few reality shows including 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' and 'Dancing on Ice' just last year.

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Kids

Rebekah Vardy has 3 children with husband Jamie. Then she also has two more children from previous relationships: the father of the first child is undisclosed - but she has a son with lesser-known footballer, Luke Foster.

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Husband Vardy

Rebekah met her husband while a nightclub promoter - planning his birthday party in 2014. They eventually started dating, and 3 months later, she became pregnant with their daughter, Sofia. Rebekah and Jamie had a lavish star-studded wedding in 2016 at ‘Peckforton Castle’ in Cheshire.

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Known for...

Aside from her appearances on reality series, Vardy is also known for speaking candidly and openly about her mental health struggles and dealing with post-partum depression. She appeared on Loose Women and generated a lot of support from viewers for highlighting the delicate issue.

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A friendship turned sour

Rebekah and Coleen knew each other through their status as wives of Premier League footballers and they attending football matches together to cheer on their respective husbands. Many may remember the two sitting side by side during the England v Wales game at the Euro 2016 championships. That once sweet relationship has certainly turned sour.

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Coleen Rooney: not signed up to be a wag

Liverpool born Coleen Rooney started dating her man back when she was 16. They had already known each other for four years. Wayne's mother was a cleaner at the high school Coleen attended.

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Success, marriage and retirement

The couple, who picked up many headlines as Wayne Rooney's football career took off, got married in Portofino, Italy on 12 June 2008. They currently live in Prestbury, Cheshire, in a £4 million Neo-Georgian mega mansion - Wayne now retired from playing the beautiful game and turning to management. They have four children together.

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Good news?

Wayne Rooney's team, Derby, face relegation and Coleen could do with some good news this week. According to The Mirror, legal costs for both women are set to hit around '£500,000 on each side'. An expensive case that needs a lot more to unfold in order for the judge to make the final decision.

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