Former footballer David Ginola is back in court as divorce battle with his ex-wife runs into its third year after he moved in with a model 23 years his junior
- David Ginola is embroiled in a legal battle over money with Coraline Delpin
- Reached settlement in February 2017, but was accused of not honouring it
- Ex-Tottenham player has since had a daughter with model Maëva Dena
Former French international David Ginola has returned to a family court for the as his divorce battle with ex-wife Coraline Delpin runs into its third year.
The 52-year-old, who is now living with French model Maëva Denat, 29, is embroiled in a legal dispute with his former partner over money.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United player was at the High Court hearing in central London today but Ms Delpin did not attend.
He agreed a financial settlement with his wife of 25 years in February 2017, but following the breakdown of their marriage.
Ginola (left, with girlfriend Maëva Denat) is embroiled in his third year of a legal battle with Coraline Delpin (right, with the star when they were married)
But the case started up again nine months later when Ms Delpin accused the former midfielder of not honouring the agreement.
Today Judge Mark Everall presided over a private hearing at which he ruled journalists could name those involved but reveal little of the issues discussed.
It comes after Ginola failed in a bid to have reporters excluded. Judge Everall said the litigation involved private issues which should not be revealed in media reports.
The former Tottenham player is pictured with his French model girlfriend, with whom he now has a daughter, shopping in London last month
Sports pundit Ginola previously said: ‘I am French. We are not used to this. In France the press are not allowed into these kind of hearings.’
He added that he was ‘very surprised’ the media could cover proceedings, adding: ‘it should be kept between ourselves’.
Journalists argued that the name ‘Ginola’ had been published on court listings of the case and said some detail of the marriage break-up had already emerged in media reports.
They said there was a public interest in allowing some reporting and a judge ruled in their favour.
Ginola – who has carved out a career as a TV personality since he gave up football – was spotted at a Cybex Priam pram launch last month with his girlfriend.
The couple confirmed their romance in June 2016, just weeks after he suffered a near-fatal heart attack.
The ex-Newcastle player (left, with his current girlfriend, and, right, with his wife of 25 years) tried to silence reporting on the proceedings
Their announcement came three months after Ginola announced his separation from Coraline.
Ginola and Maëva have a 16-month-old daughter together, whose name is also Maëva.