Thursday, April 24, 2014
Prophet named Angel is suing SuperSport for predicting that Liverpool will win the English Premier League.
A prophet named Angel is suing sports broadcaster SuperSport for predicting a soccer score.
The Zimbabwean Prophet Uebert Angel is suing SuperSport for US$1,5 million for quoting him as saying that Liverpool would win the English Premier League soccer title, according to a report in Zimbabwe's The Herald.
Prophet Angel, the leader of the Spirit Embassy Church in Zimbabwe, is suing SuperSport International (Pty) Ltd. because he says he never made a prophecy regarding the outcome of the EPL and that Liverpool Football Club would win.
Prophet Angel says that the prophecy attributed to him is false, malicious and defamatory and that if Liverpool loses, his followers would lose confidence in him.
SuperSport International argued that it cannot be defamation because the premiership was still on and that defamation can only be proven if Liverpool fails to win.
In the defendant's plea filed earlier this month, SuperSport's lawyer Eric Morris said the "defendants admit that the words quoted were published, but continue to deny that they were defamatory and point out that the event predicted has not as yet transpired so as to make it impossible to state whether or not such words are false."
In the article published on www.supersort.com at the end of December 2013 under the heading "Zimbabwean prophet predicts Liverpool to win title", Prophet Angel was quoted as saying: "Liverpool, I am with you this year and God has shown me he is returning you to your glory days."