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Kevin Pietersen to receive libel damages

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Kevin Pietersen tampering claims were unfounded  (©GettyImages)
Kevin Pietersen tampering claims were unfounded (©GettyImages).

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from optician giant Specsavers, after an advertising campaign implied he may have tampered with his bat.

The company used a picture of Pietersen in their "should have gone to Specsavers" campaign in August, and also across their online social media accounts.

The advertisement followed reports firstly in Australia during the summer Ashes, claiming the England star may have used a special tape on his bat to prevent the detection of edges by Hot Spot cameras - which Pietersen denied.

Hot Spot cameras are generally used to detect contact made by the ball. When contact is made friction, and therefore heat, is generated, which usually shows up on camera as a bright spot.

These cameras can be invaluable for proving the result of a match, and at the time Pietersen tweeted: "How stupid would I be to try to hide a nick when it could save me on an lbw appeal, like in first innings where Hot Spot showed I nicked it."

Specsavers have accepted the 33-year-old did not behave in this manner, and have agreed to pay substantial damages, as well as his legal costs.

The advert was immediately removed from circulation both online and in newspapers, and his solicitor confirmed that the claims were completely unfounded.

Pietersen has since confirmed on his official Facebook page that the money received will be donated to charity.

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