Journalist Paul Kimmage has lost a defamation case brought against him by former UCI president Hein Verbruggen over claims the Dutchman covered up doping

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Cycling journalist Paul Kimmage has been ordered to pay former UCI president Hein Verbruggen 12,000 Swiss Francs (£8,200) after losing the defamation case brought by the Dutchman.

Verbruggen pursued Kimmage after the Irishman claimed in his work with the Sunday Times and in an interview with L’Equipe that the former president knowingly tolerated doping, covered up positive drugs test and didn’t apply the same rules for everyone – namely Lance Armstrong.

Kimmage tweeted pictures of the Swiss court’s ruling on Friday morning, which revealed that the journalist was ordered to pay 12,000CHF as well as covering the legal costs of Verbruggen and the UCI.

The ruling forbids Kimmage to say that “Verbruggen tolerated doping, masked positive tests, is dishonest, did not behave responsibly, did not apply the same rules for all [and] did not pursue Lance Armstrong after he had been provided with a backdated certificate”.

The ruling also stated that Kimmage must communicate the ruling in the Sunday Times, L’Equipe, Swiss paper Au Temps and on the NYVelocity.com website.

While the UCI, under Verbruggen’s successor Pat McQuaid, originally pursued Kimmage with legal action, it stepped back in 2012, but Verbruggen continued his claim for defamation and has come out on top.

  • Timpacker

    Anon!! Your logic has failed!!

  • skelto99

    Probably not seeing that Switzerland isn’t under EU jurisdiction.

  • The Awakening

    QUESTION: How do the UCI sleep at night?

    Transcribed from the video called; 2014 Stop at Nothing- The Lance Armstrong Story.

    Gary Imlach, holding a Channel 4 microphone: “Tonight he (Lance Armstrong) has some very high level help, because the UCI, the World Governing Body of cycling have just released this press communique. They confirm basically that the rider (Lance Armstrong) used an ointment and they give the brand name and that he (Lance Armstrong) also offered them a medical prescription BEFORE his test.”

    This quote can be found at 33 mins 57 seconds approx., in the FULL movie.

    This quote can be found at 27 mins 37 seconds approx., in the 97 minute movie.

    BOTH versions have been uploaded on You Tube.

    QUESTION: How do the UCI sleep at night?

  • Timpacker

    Anon.. How on earth can the guy at the very top not of known something was going on.. Every rider who finished in the top 10 during Armstrongs tours were doping.. It was rife in the peloton.. Armstrong said himself it was the culture of cycling at the time.. Yet you are so naive to think verbruggen didn’t know.. 190 odd riders 90percent were doping plus all the people involved with those riders. And you think that **** verbruggen didn’t know.. P.S perhaps you personally know this fool

  • Robin Mottershead

    retrials need evidence. kimmage has none, except of his own greed.

  • Anon

    how about DW using the money he got from his book? This smacks of attention seeking by a bitter failed professional cyclist.

  • Anon

    Your logic is failed: Armstrong wouldn’t have made it obvious would he? least of all to the guy in charge. Kimmage has made a lot of money out of pursuing this personal vendetta against Verbruggen.

  • The Times should pay it for him with some of the money that they need to get back from Armstrong! How do you sleep at night, Verbruggen? Keep up the good work PK (and DW) – the job’s done yet.

  • poisonjunction

    Could Kimmage place an appeal before the EU courts to get the Swiss ruling overturned? Then go for a retrial.

  • Dan Robertson

    Ruling in Swiss court applies in Switzerland, I doubt Kimmage will need to pay or do anything.

  • Tony

    Me too !

  • The Awakening

    The Swiss court’s ruling;

    [1] Forbids Paul Kimmage to say that;

    “Verbruggen tolerated doping, masked positive tests, is dishonest, did not behave responsibly, did not apply the same rules for all [and] did not pursue Lance Armstrong after he had been provided with a backdated certificate”.

    [2] Ordered Paul Kimmage to pay 12,000CHF as well as covering the legal costs of Verbruggen and the UCI.

    QUESTION: How do the UCI sleep at night?

  • Timpacker

    What an absolute disgrace .. Verbruggen was head of cycling right through the Armstrong tours he couldn’t of not known what was going on.. Same old story here. The ones that break the rules always get help. People trying to do the right thing get punished.

  • Disgraceful.

  • Simon Clarke

    I’ll give him a fiver to help pay that bill.