April 25, 2018 / 4:30 AM / 3 months ago

Courtois launches legal action against former Belgium boss Wilmots

(Reuters) - Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and his father Thierry have initiated legal action against Marc Wilmots after the former Belgium manager accused them of leaking team selection information.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Semi Final - Chelsea v Southampton - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - April 22, 2018 Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois during the warm up before the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Wilmots had told beIN Sports in an interview that he was informed Thierry sold Belgium’s team news to journalists during the 2016 European Championships.

FILE PHOTO: Marc Wilmots of Belgium, the new soccer coach of African champions Ivory Coast, attends a news conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast , March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

The 49-year-old was sacked following his team’s surprise defeat by Wales in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

“Wilmots - not for the first time - reiterates publicly and intentionally accusations against my honour and reputation as well as my father,” Courtois said on social media.

“We decided together to file a complaint accompanied by criminal indemnification proceedings for libel and defamation.”

Courtois and Wilmots also had a public falling out with the goalkeeper criticising Belgium’s tactics during the Euro 2016.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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