19 June 2009
Footballer to receive £4.3m compensation over sports injury to leg
A man whose career in football was cut short after his leg was broken during a reserve game is to be awarded compensation of around £4.3 million.
Ben Collett was playing for Manchester United's youth team in 2003 when the incident happened, the BBC reports.
The 18-year-old was tackled by former Middlesbrough Football Club (FC) player Gary Smith.
As a result of the force of the challenge, he broke his leg.
During a previous hearing, the amount that Mr Collett will receive was decided.
However, Middlesbrough FC challenged the amount and took its case to an appeal.
Upholding the original decision, Lady Justice Smith and Lord Justice Carnwath ruled that the compensation for a "lost career" was not excessive.
During the first hearing, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson - who has won more than ten premiership titles - described Mr Collett's talent as "outstanding".
It was also suggested that he could have earned up to £13,000 a week and could have played until the age of 35.