Tabloid admits ‘no such row took place’.
The Sun newspaper have been forced to make a grovelling apology to Chelsea football club after running story about a dressing room row between captain John Terry and interim boss Rafa Benitez.
The tabloid published a back-page splash on the 17 February, under the headline: “War: JT and Rafa in angry bust-up.”
The article alleged that the pair had been involved in an “angry bust-up” which left their relationship at “breaking point”, after Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat by Newcastle at St James’ Park.
But The Sun today published a small editorial stating: “We now accept that no such row took place.
“We are happy to set the record straight and apologise for any embarrassment caused.”
The Sun was widely criticised last week for running a picture of dead South African model Reeva Steenkamp in a bikini on their frontpage; Steenkamp was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, the Paralymic gold medalist.
The paper is no stranger to controversy and long-overdue apologies. In September, the tabloid’s editor Dominic Mohan offered ‘profound’ apologies for the Sun’s role in the Hillsborough tragedy cover-up.