Former footballer Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, 53, is ordered to pay his ex-wife nearly £80,000

Former Premier League defender Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, 53, is ordered to pay his ex-wife nearly £80,000 by family court judge

Neil Ruddock, 53, said he could not afford to pay maintenance owed to Sarah, 51But a judge based in the Central Family Court,made a ruling in her favour todayShe concluded Mr Ruddock had not paid because he did not want to pay

Former footballer Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock has been ordered to pay nearly £80,000 to his ex-wife by a family court judge.

Mr Ruddock, 53, said he could not afford to pay maintenance owed to 51-year-old Sarah Ruddock.

But Deputy District Judge Brenda Morris, who is based in the Central Family Court, made a ruling in favour of Mrs Ruddock on Friday after considering rival arguments at an online trial.

She concluded that Mr Ruddock, who has since remarried, had not paid because he did not want to pay.

The judge had overseen a private trial but allowed a journalist to attend.

She had earlier ruled that brief detail of the dispute could be revealed and on Friday said parts of her ruling could be reported.

Former footballer Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock has been ordered to pay nearly £80,000 to his ex-wife by a family court judge

Mr Ruddock, a central defender who won one England cap, played for clubs including Southampton, Tottenham, Liverpool and West Ham during a career spanning more than 12 years.

Since retiring from football, he has featured in a number of television programmes, including I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Celebrity MasterChef.

Judge Morris heard that the Ruddocks had married in 1989, separated in 2005 and divorced in 2008.

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