Courtois launches legal action against former Belgium boss Wilmots

WEB_PHOTO_CHELSEA_COURTOIS_060218

File: Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2018.

File: Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2018.

WEB_PHOTO_CHELSEA_COURTOIS_060218

File: Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2018.

File: Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2018.

JOHANNESBURG - Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and his father, Thierry, have initiated legal action against Marc Wilmots after the former Belgium manager accused them of leaking team-election information.

Wilmots had told beIN Sports in an interview that he was informed Thierry sold Belgium&39;s team news to journalists during the 2016 European Championships.

File: Belgian coach Marc Wilmots. Credit: AFP

The 49-year-old was sacked following his team&39;s surprise defeat by Wales in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

READ: Chelsea not in crisis, says Giroud

"Wilmots - not for the first time - reiterates publicly and intentionally accusations against my honour and reputation as well as [that of] my father," Courtois said on social media.

"We decided together to file a complaint accompanied by criminal indemnification proceedings for libel and defamation."

Courtois and Wilmots also had a public falling out with the goalkeeper criticising Belgium&39;s tactics during the Euro 2016.