By The Herald

The former captain of the Scottish women’s curling team is to sue the national coach for defamation.

Gail Munro has accused Derek Brown of damaging her reputation with comments he allegedly made about her at the world championships in Canada last year.

The defamation claim, which Mr Brown denies, is understood to relate to comments he made during the tournament last March.

The Court of Session action follows the publication of an independent report that reveals a catalogue of blunders and angry confrontations between team members.

The £15,000 independent inquiry, by solicitor Michael Nicholson, was ordered by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) after a row among team members saw Scotland field three players instead of four.

Rhona Martin, who led a national women’s curling team to Olympic gold in 2002, attended as a coach working with Mr Brown. But the report revealed players and coaching squad had not met beforehand as Ms Martin was “unable to arrange a time that suited everyone”.

It also stated that Karen Addison, a member of the team, was reduced to tears following an exchange with Ms Munro.

Her team-mate Lyndsay Wilson, meanwhile, felt she had been “ridiculed” after Brown re-ran footage of her falling on the ice in front of her laughing team-mates.

After losing eight of nine matches played, Brown allegedly dropped Munro from the team. Munro’s lawyer confirmed a defamation action had begun against Brown, who declined to comment.

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