ManU player gets 4.3 million pound payout for career-shattering tackleAugust 12th, 2008 - 3:22 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug.12 (ANI): Manchester United midfielder Ben Collet has been awarded over 4.3 million pound in damages over a tackle that ended his career.
But the compensation to be received by Ben Collett will be even greater when sums for future loss of pension and interest on past loss of earnings are determined at a hearing set for October, reports The Sun.
At a recent hearing, in Manchester, coach Alex Ferguson described Collett as having had an outstanding chance of becoming a full-time professional had he not been injured.
Collett, 23, joined Uniteds youth academy aged nine and signed youth contracts, becoming part of the clubs FA Youth Cup-winning team in 2003.
But, aged 18 and in his first game in the reserves in May 2003, he had his right leg broken in two places in a tackle by Middlesbroughs Gary Smith.
Both Smith and the club admitted liability for the negligent tackle and the judges task was to decide on the level of compensation that Collett should receive from Middlesbroughs insurers.
Mrs.Justice Swift said she had found that had it not been for the injury Collett would have been offered, in July 2003, a three-year professional contract with Manchester United.
Collett, who was in court today, was unable to forge a career in the professional game after the injury and is now studying.
Ferguson told the Manchester High Court during the earlier hearing: I thought the boy showed fantastic focus, a great attitude to work hard and they are qualities to give any player an outstanding chance in the game.
The court had heard that Collett could have earned more than 13,000 pound a week, making a total in excess of 16-million pounds, if he had played until the age of 35. (ANI)
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