Associated Newspapers Ltd, publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail Online, has agreed to pay damages and publish an apology to Mike Kelly, following a wholly inaccurate article about the sale of his memorabilia collected over a long and distinguished career.

Mike Kelly, who was England’s Goalkeeping Coach at two World Cups and who worked with England Manager Roy Hodgson for the Switzerland National Team, Fulham and Liverpool, was alleged to have offered for sale sporting goods, including the Swiss international kit and Inter Milan kits, as well as a shirt with Hodgson’s name on the back presented by the club, following England’s qualification to the World Cup Finals in Brazil.

The newspaper has published an apology to the former footballer and coach, which included the following statements: “An item on October 19 last year said coach Mike Kelly was making the most of his association with England Manager Roy Hodgson by selling memorabilia he collected when they worked together … Mr Kelly Snr has only ever given memorabilia to his family or donated it to charity. We apologise for any confusion caused”.

Mike Kelly has had an outstanding career and is a man of integrity. The article threatened to impugn his good name and it was important to put the record straight.

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