28 February 2011
West Ham United set to sue FA over Dean Ashton injury
West Ham United could seek a compensation settlement of up to £6.8 million from the Football Association (FA) after one of their players got injured while on international duty with England, it has been revealed.
In an interview with the Guardian, chairman David Sullivan has stated that the club could be forced to sue the FA in a multi-million pound case due to the fact that they believe they are yet to be fully compensated for the career-ending injury sustained by Dean Ashton during an England training session in August 2006.
Ashton, who had previously played for clubs including Norwich City and Crewe Alexandra, broke his ankle during an accidental incident involving a teammate and was subsequently forced to retire in December 2009 at the age of 26.
Mr Sullivan noted that while the FA had paid West Ham £1.2 million to cover Ashton's wages for the 2006-07 season, it had not paid any more of the maximum insurance settlement of £8 million.
"For West Ham to get nothing is appalling. Years after the injury and several years after the retirement, they have never offered us a penny. That can't be right," he stated.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett