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Prophet suing TV station over prediction that Liverpool would win Premier League

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The prophet Uebert Angel (@UebertAngel)

A prophet who allegedly predicted Liverpool would win the Premier League this season is suing a TV company for sharing his prognostication with the world.

Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald reports that Uebert Angel has slapped a law suit on South African media outlet SuperSport, claiming £900,000 in damages for loss of reputation over a piece on SuperSport's website in December.

Angel's lawyers filed the lawsuit at the Zimbabwean High Court in Harare, claiming that he never made any such prediction - and that SuperSport's suggestion means that his followers will lose faith in his abilities.

The religious leader did not complain about the article at the time it first appeared, but with Liverpool seven points behind Chelsea he clearly thinks that it's time to disassociate himself from any show of faith in Brendan Rodgers' men.

The original piece, published under the headline, "Zimbabwean prophet predicts Liverpool to win title," claimed that Angel said, "Liverpool, I am with you this year and God has shown me he is returning you to his glory days."

But Angel's declaration in his lawsuit insists that the piece is a fabrication:

"The said words, in the context of the article, are wrongful and defamatory to the plaintiff in that the plaintiff never uttered such a prophecy and he considers such an allegation defamatory in nature and that when it does not come true, the plaintiff’s reputation as a spiritual leader and prophet of the Christian God will suffer greatly.

"These reported words are completely fallacious and unbeknown to the plaintiff and will defame him when the alleged prediction does not come to pass."

Angel, who is head of the Spirit Embassy Church, argues that he will lose followers as a result - and wants $1.5 million (£900,000) to make up for it, as his declaration continues:

"The article was published without any care of investigating the truth and risks alienating the plaintiff from his followers and reducing his eminence as a spiritual leader and prophet of God…

"The plaintiff claims the sum of US$1,500,000 considering his character and stature as a prophet with great following and an individual who is respected the world over by religious, social and political leaders.

"The plaintiff is entitled to compensation because once the defamatory statement has been published, it is very difficult to rehabilitate completely a reputation even if it is proved in court that the statement was misguided."

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