MCC pay damages to Chris Cairns following 'match-fixing' post

Chris Cairns. Photo / Getty Images.
Chris Cairns. Photo / Getty Images.

The Marylebone Cricket Club have paid Chris Cairns damages after the club posted a YouTube video that wrongly implied the New Zealand all-rounder was involved in match-fixing.

The mistake was made following the MCC's annual Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture last month, after former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insisted he stood by his claim in court that Cairns had twice approached him in 2008 to fix matches - allegations that Cairns has always strongly denied.

At 10pm of the day of McCullum's speech, part of it was uploaded on to YouTube, with a title that implied Cairns was involved with match-fixing. It remained online for 11 hours before being removed.

A source close to the Cairns family told the Herald that the MCC's payment to Cairns is less than $20,000.

"The payment was minimal, the main thing was the apology and the MCC was very quick to address it," the source said.

"There was no substantial payout, but ultimately the home of cricket acknowledging it was their wrongdoing and addressing it."

The MCC made a public apology last month after the video was posted.

In a statement on their YouTube channel last month, the MCC said: "It is accepted that Mr Cairns was successful in a libel action in 2012, when wrongly accused of match fixing. He was also acquitted by a jury of all charges in 2015, in which it was alleged he had committed perjury at the 2012 trial.

"The MCC apologises to Mr Cairns for wrongly alleging in the video title that he was guilty of match fixing and withdraws the allegation completely.

- With Daily Mail

- NZ Herald

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