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McClean to receive £63,000 over 'super Provo' remark

James McClean will receive £63,000 in damages and legal costs Credit: UTV

A former Belfast City councillor is to pay out £63,000 to footballer James McClean after falsely referring to him as a 'super Provo', the High Court has heard.

The settlement, reached between McClean and ex-UUP councillor Chris McGimpsey, covers the Stoke City player's damages and legal costs.

The judge was told that Mr McGimpsey will pay the money in two instalments.

He has already issued an unreserved apology for unfounded comments made "in the heat of the moment" during a radio programme debate.

Former UUP councillor Chris McGimpsey (front and centre) Credit: Press Eye

The Republic of Ireland midfielder, 30, sued following the ex-councillor's appearance on BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan Show in November 2018.

The comments made were then repeated on social media.

A statement read out on Mr McGimpsey's behalf stressed that he did not intend to communicate any affiliation between Mr McClean and the Provisional IRA, but accepted the remarks were false and completely inaccurate.

The case had been adjourned for discussions on the level of damages.

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James McClean's solicitor John Finucane welcomed Wednesday's ruling in a tweet stating that the footballer is 'delighted' at the conclusion of the case.