Rebekah Vardy and her agent discussed whether to leak a story about former Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez going on strike at the club, according to the Supreme Court.
The details emerged as part of Vardy’s ‘Wagatha Christie’ smear battle against Coleen Rooney, wife of former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Coleen Rooney has accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking her family’s private information as well as false stories to The Sun – claiming she identified her as the culprit responsible following a sting operation on social media.
Vardy denies the allegations and is suing Rooney for defamation.
On Wednesday, the second day of the trial, Rooney’s lawyer challenged Vardy over messages she sent to her agent Caroline Watt after Mahrez failed to attend training in Leicester in 2018.
At the time, Mahrez was pushing for a move to Manchester City, whom he would later join on a £60 million transfer.
In the WhatsApp message, Rebekah Vardy wrote: “Mahrez didn’t show up to train again. The boys are furious.”
The Supreme Court was informed that Watt suggested they leak the information to Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett, who was covering the story of Mahrez’s possible move to City.
I was told that Riyad Mahrez did not show up for #lcfc workout this morning. He has now missed two practices and a game, so he is technically in breach of contract and on strike. Sources say he is depressed after not getting his move to #mcfc.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) February 1, 2018
He heard Vardy then replied to Watt: “I just don’t want it to come back to me.”
Dorsett later tweeted: “I’m told Riyad Mahrez didn’t show up for #lcfc practice this morning. He’s now missed two training sessions and a game so he’s technically in breach of contract and on strike.
“Sources say he is depressed after failing to move to #mcfc.”
Vardy also denied an allegation that his agent leaked information to The Sun newspaper about Leicester’s reaction to Mahrez’s absence from training.
When asked by Rooney’s attorney David Sherborne if Watt had told the paper that other players were “furious” about the incident, she added: “That’s absolutely not true.”
Vardy claims she was “just gossiping” when texting her agent, adding that her husband “never discussed whether the guys were mad”.
“It was speculation on just bits and pieces of information that I had heard and heard, and also read in the press before,” Vardy said.
She added: “Yeah, it doesn’t look good there, I was gossiping about things that were already in the public domain. I was just gossiping.”
The trial continues and is expected to last seven days.