Football League vs ITV Digital Case Ends, Verdict Awaited

30 July 2002

London’s High Court reserved judgement on Monday in the £131.8 million ($205.83m; €209.67m) action brought by the Football League against bankrupt ITV Digital and its two shareholders, Carlton Communications and Granada Media.

To the disappointment of Grand Guignol afficionados, the lawyers for the plaintiffs did not call the respective chairmen of Carlton and Granada, Michael Green or Charles Allen, to give evidence. This possibility had given rise to expectations of bloodcurdling histrionics, especially from Green who is known to have a notoriously short fuse.

The media duo seek a court declaration that they are not liable for ITVd’s debt to the Football League, incurred earlier this year when the digital platform went bust. Mr Justice Langley's judgment is expected Friday or early next week

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