Chelsea boss wins libel case

LONDON - Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea soccer club, won a public apology and substantial libel damages yesterday over false claims in a newspaper that he had aserious gambling problem.

LONDON - Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea soccer club, won a public apology and substantial libel damages yesterday over false claims in a newspaper that he had aserious gambling problem.

An article published in Italian newspaper La Repubblica last May alleged he had suffered a heavy loss in a poker game and had been forced to hand over hisluxury yacht, his lawyer told the London high court.

Sarah Toolan, the newspaper's lawyer, said: "The defendant accepts that the allegations are untrue."

According to the billionaire's lawyer, Abramovich will donate the cash to charity. - Reuters

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