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  • 22 December 2013, 12:02

Heather Mills' Anger Over Paralympic Boot Row

Heather Mills has revealed her anger over a dispute about a ski boot which ended her hopes of representing Britain at next year's Paralympic Games.

Speaking in a six-minute video posted on YouTube, the ex-wife of Sir Paul McCartney claimed an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) official "had it in for me".

The row erupted when the 45-year-old Paralympic skiing hopeful was told by IPC official Sylvana Mestre that she would have to change her ski boot to comply with IPC rules.

Ms Mills reacted angrily to the request, and reportedly told Ms Mestre she would "make your life a misery".

The IPC later accused Ms Mills of having committed a "disgraceful outburst".

But in her statement on YouTube, Ms Mills said Ms Mestre "wouldn't listen to me at all" and rejected reports that she had threatened to harm the official.

"She wouldn't listen to me at all. I never physically touched her, like the misreporting in the media (said I did)," she said.

"She has never made a statement saying I physically harmed her. The ridiculous reports that she begged me not to hit her are just tabloid rubbish.

"I just said to her, very loudly, I was very upset, that I'd had enough of this, and that I wouldn't be involved in these ridiculous rules."

Ms Mills had her left leg amputated below the knee after a road traffic accident in 1993.

She earned a place in the development squad of the British Disabled Ski Team (BDST) in 2010 and won a silver medal in a slalom race in New Zealand in August.

She has since quit the BDST, ending her hopes of competing at the Games in Russia next March.

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