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.