Hameed wins complaint case against British tabloid

Yasir Hameed was a subject of the sting operation done by News of the World Getty Images

Karachi: Jun 15, 2011

Pakistan’s discarded Test player Yasir Hameed scored a moral victory over British tabloid The News of the World, which implicated him in the spot-fixing scandal last year, after the UK Press Complaint Commission upheld his complaint against it.

According to Yasir’s lawyer Umar Khayyam, the UK Press Complaint Commission has ordered the tabloid to take off from its website, a video and story about the Pakistan opener in which he was seen discussing the fall-out from the Lord’s spot-fixing scandal.

“The commission will release a detailed judgement soon but the NOW has been told to take all video and transcripts relating to the so-called interview with Yasir off their website immediately and that is a great moral victory for us,” Khayyam said.

The commission found NOW guilty of misleading Yasir and recording his discussion with an undercover reporter who posed as a businessman.

“A formal apology could also come soon from the tabloid,” one source added.

Hameed had lodged a formal complaint with the UK Press Complaint Commission against the famous tabloid in February.

Hameed, a right-hand opening batsman who last played for Pakistan during team’s tour to England in 2010, was the subject of a sting operation by the tabloid, in which he was seen discussing about the spot-fixing controversy hovering around Pakistan team and among other things.

Hameed said he was duped by the investigative reporter who came to him in a hotel in Nottingham claiming to be a representative of a global airline who wanted to talk about possible sponsorship deals.

The complaint by the player centered on four points of inaccurate reporting, a breach of privacy, misrepresentation of character and harassment.