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Appeal against Cairns' libel award fails

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns. Photo / Ross Setford
Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns. Photo / Ross Setford

The man who accused Chris Cairns of match-fixing has failed in his appeal against a $174,000 libel award to the Kiwi cricketing legend.

In March, Cairns won a case against former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi who made the allegations on Twitter in 2010.

Cairns won and was awarded $174,000 in damages and $775,000 in court costs after London's High Court found that Modi had "singularly failed" to provide any reliable evidence that Cairns was involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing, or even that there were strong grounds for suspicion that he was.

Modi appealed the decision but the Court of Appeal has found the awards were appropriate, the Times of India reported.

"In our judgment they (the amounts awarded) were proportionate to the seriousness of the allegation and its direct impact on Mr Cairns himself and will serve to vindicate his reputation. The appeal is accordingly dismissed."

After winning the libel case in March, Cairns said the verdict had lifted a "dark cloud" that had been over him for two years.

"I feel mixed emotions. Firstly, sadness that I should ever have had to put myself, my friends and my family through this because of one man's misdirected allegations.


"But I also feel great joy because my past career has come through unscathed and remains intact and because I had the courage to stand up in the highest court to defend my name.''

- APNZ

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