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Man Utd starlet awarded four million pounds damages

SoccerNews in English Premier League 11 Aug 2008

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A former Manchester United player was awarded more than 4.3 million pounds (5.4 million euros) damages at the High Court in London on Monday over a tackle which ended his career.

Ben Collett, described by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as an “outstanding” player, never fully recovered from breaking his leg in two places following a tackle by Gary Smith of Middlesbrough during his first reserve match in 2003.

Collett, who received the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award and played in an FA Youth Cup winning team during his time at United, was released by the Premier League club in 2006 and eventually retired last year after brief spells at New Zealand Knights and AGOVV Apeldoorn.

The 23-year-old midfielder then launched his lawsuit against Middlesbrough and Smith in a bid for the compensation he was awarded at the High Court.

Both Smith and the club admitted liability for the “negligent” tackle and the judge's task was to decide on the level of compensation that Collett should receive from Middlesbrough's 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.

The compensation 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.

Justice Swift announced that when all of the figures were decided, the final sum to be awarded was not likely to be less than 4.5 million pounds (5.6 million euros).

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Paulina
Paulina
13 years ago

Kaka should remain in acmiland the reason why i say kaka should remain in acmilan is because the fans of acmiland love him very much even the president love.kaka should be happy because he follow brazil mate is comeing to join him.if he then decided to join chealsea they should allow him to go.i love kaka and ronaldinho i wish them the best of good football in acmiland and also good luck.paulina one zion one love from nigeria.bye for now.

Paulina
Paulina
13 years ago

Sir alx is the best coach in the world.man united should try there best to celebrate sir alx for the good work. also the four big team in premierleague and siral a also laliga should pay homage to chief sir alx ferguosen.paulina zion.

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