News of a footballer’s sexual indiscretions or infidelity is no longer very surprising (n’est-ce pas, Cashley?), so you might wonder why we would bother with yet another example. After all, we’re not turning into TMZ Sports here, are we?
But when certain things occur between players who are former clubmates and current national side teammates, that’s certainly deserving of some clarification. After all, at least Fritz Peterson knew what he was getting into.
Last Friday the English media were in a tizzy when High Court Justice Tugendhat granted a super-injunction which: (1) prevented tabloids from releasing the details of an alleged affair carried on by a married footballer; and (2) was so secret that the existence of the injunction itself was not allowed to be confirmed. The England international had convinced the court that releasing the details of this affair would constitute a breach of his “right to a private and family life” and the resulting gag order was seen by the press as the latest act of censorship. Apparently, much of the case law regarding this type of matter stems from the decisions of High Court Justice Eady, who presided over the Max Mosley nazi orgy case, as Parliament has never actually passed any laws relating to privacy rights of this nature.
This morning Justice Tugendhat lifted the super-injunction, noting that “I do not consider that an interim injunction is necessary or proportionate having regard to the level of gravity of the interference with the private life of the applicant that would occur in the event that there is a publication of the fact of the relationship, or that [the applicant] can rely in this case on the interference with the private life of anyone else.” I’m no expert on legal matters in the UK, but that sounds confusing as all get-out. It seems that the heart of the situation is that details of the super-injunction were being leaked, so the High Court potentially lifted it in order to appear more friendly to the British press.
Regardless of Justice Tugendhat’s reasons for his 180-degree turn, the meat of the matter is that John Terry was revealed as the footballer who had asked for the super-injunction. So, we have: (1) a super-injunction granted to an England international by a High Court Justice; (2) a super-injunction lifted by a High Court Justice; and (3) John Terry, an England international, identified as the individual who had requested the latter. I put 1+1+1 together and came up with 3, i.e. John Terry had an extra-marital affair with the paramour of a teammate (as described in the first injunction).
The professional journalists over at the Telegraph came to the same conclusion, finding that the details of the injunction described a long-term extra-marital affair between John Terry and Vanessa Perroncel, who just happened to be the girlfriend of Chelsea and England teammate Wayne Bridge.
The French underwear model (see above – what are you, blind!?!) had a long-term relationship with Bridge, with whom she had a son in November 2006. Earlier that year, Terry’s fiancee Toni Poole had given birth to their twins, and the two were married (Terry and Poole, not the twins) in June 2007. Then in January of 2009 Bridge made the move from Chelsea to Manchester Arabia, and he and Perroncel remained together until their split in December 2009. At some point in that timeline, Terry began having sexual relations with Ms. Perroncel, and considering the likelihood that it would take longer than a month (this being January of 2010) for something of this nature to get out, it is quite possible that the affair began before Bridge and Vanessa had ended their relationship.
So, to recap, England’s Brave John Terry went about things in this order: (1) have twins with fiancee; (2) marry fiancee; (3) wish BFF Wayne Bridge well with his new club while maintaining jolly atmosphere during England training; (4) begin boffing BFF’s girlfriend; and (5) presumably provide solace, with wife, to BFF when Bridge and Perroncel break up.
I’m thinking that Terry’s future involves: (6) get punched in the mouth by former BFF during next England training/match; and (7) get stripped of the England captaincy for disrupting the team.