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Judge criticises Sports Direct in Rangers legal case

Mr Justice Peter Smith says the sports retailer has been ‘abusing processes of the court’ after withdrawing claims for damages against the football club

Sports Direct, the embattled sportswear chain, has “abused” the legal system, according to the high court judge presiding over the retailer’s bitter legal battle with Rangers football club.

Mr Justice Peter Smith took the surprising step of registering his disapproval of the company’s approach after Sports Direct withdrew its claim for damages in the case –in which the company previously failed to have the football club’s chairman, Dave King, jailed over allegations he violated a gagging order.

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