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Church leader sues TV station over Liverpool prediction

LEGAL CLAIM: Uebert Angel denies he predicted Liverpool would win the title

A ZIMBABWEAN prophet who is claimed to have predicted that Liverpool will win the Premier League by a South African sports broadcaster has filed a $1.5m (£900,000) lawsuit against the TV company because he denies ever making prediction.

Uebert Angel, who is leader of the Spirit Embassy Church, said he did not back Liverpool to win the title despite reports on Supersport’s website saying he did in December.

The religious figure has said he feels his standing will be damaged if Liverpool are not crowned Premier League champions.

The Reds are currently second in the league, seven points behind Chelsea but with a game in hand.

Angel launched the legal action at Harare High Court where summons read: “The plaintiff claims the sum of $1,500,000 considering his character and stature as a prophet with great following... who is respected the world over by religious, social and political leaders.”

The prophet added that if he issued an incorrect prediction it would be “difficult to rehabilitate completely a reputation even if it is proved in court that the statement was misguided”, and as a result he is entitled to compensation.

Clinton Van Der Burg, communications manager at the Johannesburg-based broadcaster, told BBC Sport: “Supersport is aware of the matter. Supersport denies liability and will contest the charges vigorously.”

It is alleged the broadcaster, which shows live Premier League games in selected African countries, published the story about Angel under the headline: “Zimbabwean prophet predicts Liverpool to win title.”

Angel has previously claimed he is worth more than $60m (£36m) with it all coming from his business ventures and not from his church.

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