England captain John Terry is facing allegations about his private life after a gagging order was lifted.

Father-of-two Terry's identity was kept secret after an injunction was granted at a private hearing on January 22.

It covered the alleged relationship between LNS - as married Terry, 29, was referred to in court - and another woman, details about it, including certain specific consequences, information leading to their identification and any photographs.

But on Friday Mr Justice Tugendhat lifted the order at London's High Court. In his anonymised judgment, which does not name the woman, the judge said Terry accepted the truth of certain information covered by the order.

He said the woman was also a "famous person" but not in the world of sport and not as famous as LNS, who had a number of high-profile sponsorship deals including three very well-known brand names.

He said LNS wanted the court to consider the privacy rights of the woman and other interested individuals and had said that he had not told one of the interested persons about the relationship.

The judge said that it was likely that the nub of LNS's complaint was the protection of reputation, and not of any other aspect of his private life. He added: "Freedom to live as one chooses is one of the most valuable freedoms. But so is the freedom to criticise - within the limits of the law - the conduct of other members of society as being socially harmful, or wrong."

A Chelsea spokesman said: "This is a personal matter for John Terry. The club will give John and his family all the support they need in dealing with it."

The judge, who heard that News Group Newspapers - publisher of the News of the World - wanted to print a story about the footballer last Sunday, said: "I accept that the information sought to be protected is not in the public domain in the sense that there is nothing left to be protected."

Terry - voted Dad of the Year last year in a Daddies Sauce survey - is thought to have travelled with his Chelsea team-mates to Burnley for their Premier League match.

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