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Last Updated: Friday, 12 November, 2004, 14:49 GMT
Fulham lose Tigana court battle
Jean Tigana
Fulham have lost their bitter High Court legal dispute with former manager Jean Tigana.

The judge dismissed Fulham's claim for damages and rejected their contentions that there had been a breach or breaches of contract.

He said: "I consider that the defendant has behaved properly and conscientiously in his dealings with Fulham and did not act dishonourably."

Tigana was successful in his counter claim for 2.1m of share options.

Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed had alleged that Tigana had overpaid more than 7m for new players and had negotiated transfers in secret, in breach of his contractual duty to the club.

In a statement given after the ruling, Mr Tigana said: "I am very happy at the decision of the High Court.

All I ever wanted to do was help Fulham FC become a great club
Jean Tigana
"The club made untrue and unfounded allegations against me in an attempt to justify its refusal to honour its contractual obligations towards me, and I am pleased that the judge has decisively rejected these, as did the employment tribunal previously.

"For the last year of my employment with Fulham FC, and throughout the course of this litigation, I have had to withstand a number of attacks on my character and reputation.

"I am sad that I had to litigate against the club, for which I still have considerable affection, to prove my innocence and integrity.

"All I ever wanted to do was help Fulham FC become a great club.

"The support that I received throughout the trial from fans and former colleagues at the club has shown me that most people know I was totally dedicated to this goal."

The former Monaco boss won 455,000 for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal in September 2003 but the award had been held by lawyers pending Friday's judgment.

Neither Tigana nor Al Fayed were in court for the ruling.

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