1 Nov 2012

Appeal against Cairns libel damages fails

11:25 pm on 1 November 2012

An appeal against the £90,000 in defamation damages awarded to former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has been turned down by a British court.

Lalit Modi, former boss of cricket's Indian Premier League, claimed on social networking website Twitter in January 2010 that Cairns was involved in match-fixing.

In his decision in March this year, Justice Bean ruled Mr Modi had failed to provide any reliable evidence to support his allegation.

On Wednesday, three judges in the Court of Appeal said the awards were proportionate to the seriousness of the allegation and its direct impact on Cairns himself and would serve to vindicate his reputation, PA reports.

The lawyer representing Chris Cairns, Andrew Fitch-Holland, told Radio New Zealand that Mr Modi appealed against the damages rather than the defamation ruling itself.

He says Cairns is happy with the outcome and will be glad to move on from the case.