Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and his father, Thierry, should consider taking legal action against the members of the French media who accused both the father and son of leaking sensitive information about Belgium national team during Euro 2016, says Marc Wilmots’ lawyer
The goalkeeper announced on Facebook that he intends to take legal action against Wilmots for slander and defamation after an interview with beIN SPORTS.
In the interview with the sports network, Wilmots revealed that an unnamed player had intentionally “sold out the national team,” with the French media then linking the accusation to Courtois’ father.
“A number of media are saying now that it is Marc Wilmots himself who had said such things, which is clearly inexact and doesn’t correspond at all with the literal transcription of the words exchanged during the interview,” said Wilmots’ lawyer, Walter Van Steenbrugge, as reported on DHNET.
“If Mr Thierry Courtois thinks it opportune to make a criminal complaint because the statement is, according to him, inexact, he should then address the French journalists who made the statements in question during a programme on L’Equipe TV, and — by extension — the journalists who unduly relayed the untruthful lies without verifying them.”
After leaving his managerial role with the Belgium national team in 2016, Wilmots spent nearly eight months in charge of the Ivory Coast team.