The worst secret in English football came out today as married footballer Ryan Giggs was named as the player with the super-injunction protecting his identity from being disclosed as the man having an affair with former Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas.
Lib Dem MP John Hemming named the player during an urgent Commons question on privacy orders.
Using parliamentary privilege to break the court order, he said it would not be practical to imprison the 75,000 Twitter users who had named the player.
The legendary Manchester United player obtained the order against Thomas, who is a former Miss Wales, and The Sun newspaper.
The footballer’s lawyers have also obtained a High Court order asking Twitter to reveal details of users who had revealed his identity after thousands named him.
Parliamentary privilege protects MPs and peers from prosecution for statements made in the House of Commons or House of Lords.
Addressing MPs, Mr Hemming said: “Mr Speaker, with about 75,000 people having named Ryan Giggs it is obviously impracticable to imprison them all.”
It has truly been the worst kept secret in football but unfortunately, I feel this story may well be set to run and run.