Jason McAteer has denied that he has had any involvement with the S*n newspaper.
The much-hated paper went with the headline “McAteer: I wanted to end it all”, before publishing excerpts of his book underneath.
In the book, the former Liverpool full-back revealed he was having suicidal thoughts after hanging up his boots in the mid-2000s. (Echo)
McAteer has said he never spoke to them and specifically rejected an interview offer:
“Absolutely nothing to do with it they’ve picked it up from the book no control over this I said NO to any interview I want to make that clear,” he said.
“I would just like to clarify that I have not done an interview with the S*n, English or Irish.
“They’ve taken extracts from my book which unfortunately I can’t do anything about. I firmly live by the rule, Don’t buy the S*n. Thanks, Jason.”
He defended himself on Twitter after one fan asked him about the situation directly.
McAteer was born in Birkenhead and went through ranks at Marine. He got his big break when he moved to Bolton and played in the 1994 World Cup in the USA for Ireland before sealing a £4.5 million move to Liverpool in the summer of 1995.
He played for us for four years and picked up a runners-up medal in the 1996 FA Cup final.
He eventually left in 1999.