Football star's internet legal threat

IPSWICH football ace Kieron Dyer is today considering legal action after a directory inquiries service listed him as a “serial roaster”.

IPSWICH football ace Kieron Dyer is today considering legal action after a directory inquiries service listed him as a “serial roaster”.

The Newcastle United midfielder, who rose to prominence with Ipswich Town, could take action after the listing appeared on 192.com, Britain's largest directory inquiries service which is used by millions of people.

The website's directors' reports section on the footballer, who owns two businesses, listed him as a “serial roaster”, a term relating to a form of sexual activity.

The listing has since been removed.


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Mr Dyer's solicitor Graham Shear, said the term is linked to an incident at a London hotel back in 2003 which prompted a criminal investigation.

Mr Dyer was not implicated in the incident, although mistakenly some media mentioned him at the time.

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Mr Shear said: “He's obviously not very happy about the issue.

“It is something I am going to investigate and it is a possibility we might take proceedings on this.

“As I understand it some rogue person at Companies House a couple of years ago put some commentary on the directors' information relating to Kieron Dyer.

“It went on for a relatively short period and we took proceedings against Companies House and the issue was resolved.

“It looks as though there has been some form of 'trapping' of the information at 192.com.

“We don't know quite how but it appears to be exactly the same.

“192.com say it was an old data feed and was not updated by them.”

A spokesman for 192.com said an investigation is under way into how the rogue information appeared on its website.

The spokesman said: “We immediately corrected it when notified.

“We offered an apology last week as soon as we were made aware.”

The spokesman said the company is provided with its data by another firm and it is not yet clear how the mistake happened.

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