Footie lawyers threaten to roast Auntie

The BBC’s Panorama football bung exposé stirred up a lot of welcome attention for media lawyers last week. Within minutes of the broadcast phones at boutiques across the country rang off the hook as outraged agents and managers looked to protect their names in the courts.

Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent leapt to the defence of Bolton Wanderers FC manager Sam Allardyce, whose son instructed Graham Atkins of Atkins Solicitors.

Bolton drafted in a Brabners Chaffe Street team and Kevin Bond, the Newcastle United FC first team coach sacked last week, hired David Price Solicitors and Advocates following his appearance in the documentary.

Liverpool FC has consulted partner Richard Green at Hill Dickinson and agent Peter Harrison drafted in Charles Russell.

Finally, Portsmouth FC manager Harry Redknapp alerted defamation boutique Schillings.

That makes seven firms, with many making threats to sue the BBC for libel. But despite all the bluster, not one has managed to fill out a claim form. Yet.