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International soccer star Gudjohnsen sues DV newspaper

International soccer player Eidur Smári Gudjohnsen is taking the Icelandic newspaper DV to court after they published an article claiming he had borrowed 1,200 million ISK (10 million USD, 6.8 million EURO) from the bankrupt Icelandic banks, reports.

Gudjohnsen has been a professional forward for international teams such as Chelsea FC, Barcelona FC and currently plays for AS Monaco FC in the French Premier League. He has not played much with the team this season since he signed a two-year contract with the team last summer.

Gudjohnsen demands the highest available punishment for the journalist and editor of DV newspaper which published a report about his investments in real estate projects linked with the three Icelandic banks.

The newspaper was served the subpoena yesterday, December 23. Gudjohnsen demands five million ISK (USD 41,000 EURO 27,000) in damages from the paper and one million ISK ( USD 8,100 / EURO 5,500) additonally to publish the verdict if the paper is found guilty of libel.

DV reported recently that Gudjohnsen owed Kaupthing Luxemburg (now Banque Havilland Luxemburg) and Glitnir bank (now Íslandsbanki) more than 1,2 billion ISK with less than 800 million ISK in collateral. The paper stated that it was uncertain if Gudjohnsen´s assets would be enough collateral for what he had borrowed. In the report it was claimed that Gudjohnsen had used those loans to fund investments in real estate projects in Hong Kong and Turkey, projects which were linked with the investment bank Askar Capital.

The DV report also claimed that Birkir Kristinsson, Gudjohnsen’s team-mate from the Icelandic National Soccer team had been an employee of the Glitnir private banking department which granted Gudjohnsen a loan of two million Euros. Then the paper claimed there was a scheme where Gudjohnsen would buy a company of Kristinsson’s based in the tax haven island of Tortola for one Icelandic Króna.

Gudjohnsen’s subpoena states that even though the suer has been in the public eye and granted interviews to mass media outlets the media has no right to invade his private matters.

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