Five years ago, PinkNews.co.uk became entangled in one of the most complex libel disputes in recent times between the News of the World and the footballer Ashley Cole. Legal threats against PinkNews.co.uk made by the News of the World could have threatened this publication with closure. As the News of the World prepares to publish its last edition, we look back at this extraordinary case.

The News of the World and the Sun published a series of articles between the 12th and 19th of February 2006 accompanied with pixelated photographs what they claimed were a Premiership football player and a well known DJ who had engaged in a gay sex act involving a mobile telephone. The alleged act resulted in the headline “Gay as You Go”.

“Music Figure A” and “Player A” (Source: News of the World)

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