Coleen Rooney wins legal costs from Rebekah Vardy amid ongoing libel battle

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Coleen Rooney has won £10,500 in the latest round of her legal fight with fellow footballer's wife Rebekah Vardy.

The pair are battling it out in court after Coleen, 35, who is married to ex-England captain Wayne Rooney, accused Rebekah, 39, whose husband is Leicester City's star striker Jamie Vardy, of leaking private Instagram posts to the tabloids.

Rebekah has sued her onetime pal for £1 million in damages, but on Tuesday, a ruling in the High Court ensured she will have to pay £10,500 towards her own legal fees.

However, the reality TV star's representatives still claimed victory as several avenues of Coleen's defence have been struck out in rulings by the presiding judge, Mrs Justice Steyn.

In a statement, her representatives told The Sun: "The Judge has struck out about 10 pages of material from Mrs Rooney's defence as irrelevant or a waste of court time.

"This is now Mrs Rooney's third attempt at putting forward a defence to Mrs Vardy's libel claim. She has been ordered to cover the costs of this exercise and Mrs Vardy's costs of amending her Reply. The Judge made three costs orders - two in favour of Mrs Vardy and one in favour of Mrs Rooney for £10,500."

Coleen's team also claimed victory, by saying: "Naturally Coleen and her legal team are pleased with the judge's rulings and her award of costs."

Their feud became public in October 2019 after Coleen claimed she had posted several fake stories to select followers of a private Instagram account in an attempt to determine who was leaking stories to the press - detective work that caused her to be dubbed "Wagatha Christie" on social media.

Accusing Rebekah, she tweeted: "I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It's ................ Rebekah Vardy's account."

However, Coleen's rival vehemently denies the accusations, and being the person behind a "Secret WAG (wives and girlfriend)" media column.

With no resolution in sight, their dispute looks set to go to a full libel trial in September.

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