A football club from the North West has lost its appeal against having to pay sports injury compensation to the player of a rival team.
Marcus Hallows was forced into early retirement after being injured in a tackle with Ashton United defender Danny White. The tackle took place in a Conference North league game between the club and Altrincham FC back in 2005. Marcus broke both bones in his leg, the tibia and fibula, and was rushed into hospital from the game. During his rush to hospital, Mr Hallows’ heart stopped beating and he had to be resuscitated by paramedics.
In February, the Altrincham FC striker won compensation for his injuries, due to the fact that they stopped him from earning money as a footballer in the future. The Court ordered Ashton United to pay him £32,000 in compensation, but the club appealed against this decision. This appeal has just been rejected in the High Court, as it ruled that compensation must be paid.
The chairman of Ashton United has condemned the decision, and warned that it leaves the club in a dire financial position. It has said that it will be consulting solicitors, the Manchester FA, Tameside Council and the Northern Premier League in regards to solving the issue and saving the club from bankruptcy. The club is one of the oldest in Britain as it was formed in 1878.