Jordan director admits misleading B&H

Ian Phillips, director of business affairs at Jordan Grand Prix, has admitted to the court in London that he misled Gallaher, the owner of the Benson & Hedges brand, for almost a month by saying that "everything was well" when the team was actually planning a replacement sponsorship deal. At the time, a verbal agreement with Vodafone was understood (by Jordan) to have been entered into, one of the requirements of which would have been a cessation of all tobacco sponsorship

Jordan director admits misleading B&H

Charles Aldous QC, acting for Vodafone, yesterday questioned Mr Phillips over why it had taken so long to inform Gallaher of the Vodafone sponsorship. Mr Phillips said: "It was decided that we would keep them sweet...I thought it was a perfectly acceptable and a fairly pleasant holding situation."

Mr Aldous also produced a letter from Eddie Jordan to rival mobile phone operator Orange offering "rights to full title sponsorship" which was dated April 20, almost a month after Jordan alleges that Vodafone had given its verbal committment. Eddie Jordan is due to give evidence early next week.

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