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Berylson issues statement

Millwall chairman responds to legal dispute resolution

19 July 2017

Millwall chairman John Berylson has issued the following statement:

"I welcome the fact that this legal dispute has now been resolved and that the Chairman of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation (SCSF), Steve Norris, has acknowledged that his defamatory comment made on Twitter was wholly unwarranted.  He has now publically apologised to me.

While I have never sought any financial gain from this case, I do care greatly that my reputation as a businessman remains firmly intact. It is the foundation on which I have built my career over many years and I will not have that tarnished under any circumstances. 

Mr Norris has paid £45,000 to cover my legal costs which were unnecessarily incurred as a consequence of his potentially damaging and entirely inaccurate tweet."

Mr Norris issued the following statement in court:

On 9 March 2017, as part of a Twitter exchange, I said that IMHO Mr berylson thinks he can blackmail Renewal. I apologise to Mr Berylson if those reading my tweet interpreted my comments as meaning that Mr Berylson was engaging in blackmail. Such an allegation would be untrue and defamatory. I accept that Mr Berylson has always acted in the best interests of Millwall Football Club. I apologise to Mr Berylson and I apologise if it has caused him any harm.

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