Rebecca Badi and her agent have debated whether to divulge rumors that former Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez is on strike at the club, the high court said.
Details emerged as Vardy was part of an ongoing ‘Wagatha Christie’ defamation fight against Coleen Rooney, wife of former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Coleen Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of divulging her family’s personal information and false stories to the Sun.
Baddy denies the charges and sues Rooney for defamation.
On Wednesday, the second day of the trial, Rooney’s lawyer challenged Baddid about a message that Marez sent to her agent Caroline Watt in 2018 after she failed to train at Leicester.
At the time, Marez was pursuing a move to Manchester City, which City later joined for a fee of £60m.
In a WhatsApp message, Rebekah Vardy wrote: “Mahrez did not appear in training again. The youngsters are angry.”
The High Court was told that Watt had proposed leaking the information to Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett.
I heard that Riyad Mahrez didn’t report. #lcfc training this morning. He is now technically out of contract and on strike, missing two training sessions and one game. Sources say he is depressed after failing to move. #mcfc.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) February 1, 2018
I was told Vardy replied to Watt, “I just don’t want it to come back to me.”
Dorsett later tweeted, “I heard Riyad Mahrez didn’t report on #lcfc training this morning. He’s now technically out of contract and on strike as he’s missed two training sessions and games.
“Sources say he was depressed after not being able to move to #mcfc.”
Badi also denied accusations that her agent had relayed information to the Sun newspaper about the Lester’s squad’s reaction to Marez’s absence from training.
When Rooney’s attorney David Sherborne was asked if he had ever told the Watts newspaper that other players were “outraged” about the incident, she said “it’s not at all true.”
Vardy claims she was “just gossiping” when sending a message to her agent, adding that her husband “never discussed whether men were acting or not.”
“This was just some of the information I heard and stumbled upon and read in the press before,” Vardy said.
She added: “Yeah, I don’t think it’s good there. They were gossiping about things that were already public. They were just gossip.”
The trial will continue for seven days.