Newcastle ordered to pay all of Keegan's court costs
21 October 2009 10:51
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NEWCASTLE United have been ordered to pay all of Kevin Keegan's costs in his successful claim against the club for constructive dismissal - a sum which could reach £1.5m.
Keegan left the club in September last year after the club signed Uruguayan midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez against his wishes to do a favour for two South American agents.
An arbitration tribunal earlier this month found in Keegan's favour and today ordered Newcastle to pay costs and interest on the £2m compensation award dating back to September last year.
It is another victory for Keegan over Newcastle owner Mike Ashley who had claimed breach of contract against the former England manager.
The tribunal also said the club had made entirely unfounded allegations against Keegan and rejected Newcastle's claims that they should not be liable for costs because they had offered to settle the case before the hearing.
A statement from the tribunal said: "We direct that the club should pay all of Mr Keegan's costs.
"Moreover, we reject the club's attempt to rely on the various offers which it made both prior to and during the hearing to settle the claim since none of them involved the club's acceptance that he had been constructively dismissed and all of them involved a condition of secrecy or confidentiality.
"We direct that the club should pay Mr Keegan's costs on an indemnity basis given the manner in which it conducted this litigation: it's defence on the primary liability issue was, in our view, wholly without merit and it chose to make entirely unfounded allegations against Mr Keegan."
The tribunal said if the parties cannot agree on costs then they would decide the figure.