Ex-Newcastle United director of football wins legal fight against soccer boss (From The Northern Echo)
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Ex-Newcastle United director of football wins legal fight against soccer boss
FORMER Newcastle United director of football Dennis Wise has won a High Court cash fight with soccer club boss Tony Jimenez.
Mr Wise said he gave close friend Mr Jimenez £500,000 to invest in a golf course in France.
He claimed that the agreed purpose was not fulfilled and said he was entitled to have the money back.
Mr Jimenez disputed Mr Wise’s claim and said the money was invested in the golf course development in Les Bordes as agreed.
Judge Penelope Reed QC ruled in Mr Wise’s favour after a High Court hearing in London, and ordered Mr Jimenez to pay compensation.
Mr Wise played for Wimbledon and Chelsea. Mr Jimenez is a co-owner of Charlton. They used to work together at Newcastle - when Mr Wise was director of football and Mr Jimenez a vice president.
Judge Reed analysed evidence from both men following a hearing which started in June.
She said Mr Wise, 46, had been subjected to long “sometimes aggressive” questioning but had come across as a “truthful witness”.
She said she had treated Mr Jimenez’s evidence with extreme caution.
“I consider that Mr Jimenez received the sum of £500,000 from Mr Wise for a specific purpose and he has not satisfied me on the balance of probabilities that he has fulfilled that purpose,” said the judge.
He is liable to pay equitable compensation to Mr Wise in the sum of £500,000 together with interest.
Mr Jimenez said later that he intended to appeal.
“I'm extremely disappointed with the judgement handed down today and given the evidence find it difficult to comprehend how the judge came to such a conclusion.”
Mr Wise later thanked the judge and his legal team, adding: “This award simply confirms the truth which I told in court namely that I gave Tony £500,000 because I trusted him and believed he was investing it for me.
“It is very sad that I have had to sue him to get my money back.”
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