KP pockets payout after Specsavers blunder

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Cricketer Kevin Pietersen has accepted substantial libel damages over a Specsavers advertisement, which implied he might have illegally tampered with his bat during England's recent three-nil Ashes series win.

Cricketer Kevin Pietersen has accepted substantial libel damages over a Specsavers advertisement, which implied he might have illegally tampered with his bat during England's recent three-nil Ashes series win.

Pietersen was not at London's High Court for the settlement. Solicitor Louise Prince, however, told Justice Tugendhat that the advert was published on Twitter and Facebook page in August – and in various newspapers and magazines.

The commercial, accompanied by an image of Pietersen, contained the statement: "''Bat tampering' in the Ashes? Apparently Hot Spot should've gone to Specsavers."

Prince insisted the allegation was without foundation and entirely false. Specsavers Optical Group Limited subsequently accepted the player did not behave in the suggested, manner apologised and removed the advertisement from circulation.

The sum of the large payout was not revealed.

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