Rafael Nadal wins doping defamation case against French ex-minister

Rafael Nadal won a defamation case against former French health and sports minister Roselyne Bachelot today after she accused him of doping

tennis Updated: Nov 16, 2017 22:19 IST
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(FILES) (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on April 25, 2016 shows (from L) Spain's Rafael Nadal looking on during a press conference after retiring from a match during the Miami Open in Key Biscayne on March 26, 2016 and France's then Solidarity and Social Cohesion Minister Roselyne Bachelot addressing a press conference in Berlin on February 3, 2011. Former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot was sentenced to a suspended fine of 500 euros for defamation after she accused Spain's tennis player Rafael Nadal of doping during a television show last year. (AFP)

Rafael Nadal won a defamation case against former French health and sports minister Roselyne Bachelot today after she accused him of doping on television.

Bachelot was handed a 500-euro (600-dollar) fine by a court in Paris and ordered to pay 12,000 euros in damages and legal fees to the serial Grand Slam winner over the allegation she made to the D8 channel in March 2016.

The ex-minister from 2007-2010 alleged that Nadal had faked an injury in 2012, when he missed the final six months of the season due to knee problems, in order to hide a positive drug test.

The holder of 16 Grand Slam titles has never failed a drugs test and denies ever using banned substances.

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He had sought 100,000 euros in damages and explained last year that he had decided to take legal action to set an example, having previously ignored allegations against him.

His lawyer, Patrick Maisonneuve, told the court in October that the doping accusation could have had “major consequences” for the tennis star concerning his “existing or future sponsors”.

First Published: Nov 16, 2017 22:19 IST