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Last Updated: Friday, 20 January 2006, 16:14 GMT
Eriksson sues News of the World
Sven-Goran Eriksson
Eriksson made comments to an undercover reporter
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is to take legal action against the News of the World for "breach of confidence".

Eriksson told an undercover reporter he would quit if England won the World Cup and also made comments about players, including captain David Beckham.

His lawyers say the stories were "a gross invasion of privacy" and have asked to see tapes of the interview.

The paper said it had uncovered facts fans and players had a right to know and promised further revelations.

The Swede's agent Athole Still and his lawyer Richard Des Voeux joined Eriksson in the legal move.

The trio had visited Dubai at the invitation of "an apparently legitimate company to discuss the possibility of a future sports development consultancy".

"It is now clear that this was all a highly sophisticated deception by the newspaper," his lawyers said on Friday.

Last Sunday the paper published articles about the trip.

"The resulting articles were a gross invasion of privacy, and the discussions, which our clients were expressly asked to keep confidential, were reported out of context in a distorted and sensationalised manner so as to provide a spurious pretext for the headlines which appeared."

It continued: "Our clients' position is that stories of this sort, and the distortion of what was said during confidential discussions in order to create the bogus appearance of some legitimate public interest, must be remedied."

A News of the World spokeswoman said: "We stand by the publication of our story 100%.

"Our investigation uncovered facts about Sven-Goran Eriksson which we believe fans and players had a right to know. There will be further revelations published on Sunday."

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