An Irish soccer fan, one of eight who claim they were wrongly depicted online as "drunken hooligans" who took part in FAI chief John Delaney's Sopot shoes and socks prank during Euro 2012, has lost a bid to sue the Irish Sun.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane said yesterday that Peter McGee had left it too late to issue defamation proceedings.
Last February, she granted seven others leave to issue new proceedings because they were within time with their applications.
The group claimed they were defamed after a picture of them appeared on the Irish Sun website allegedly associating them with an unrelated article of other fans carousing in Poland and carrying Delaney.
Judge Linnane said Mr McGee's issuing of late proceedings had failed to fall within the strict limitations of the 2009 Defamation Act.