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Rugby Fan who Tripped in Stadium Receives £37k Compensation

A rugby fan, who tripped as he was exiting his team’s stadium, is reported to have received £37,000 in compensation.

Neil Rae had gone to watch the rugby union match between Ulster and Leicester Tigers in January 2004. However, as he was leaving the Ravenhill stadium he suffered injury whilst going down the steps leading out of the stand.

His legal team reportedly told a court this week that Mr Rae stepped on something unexpected, causing him to overbalance. They went on to argue that the accident could have been prevented had the steps been fitted with an inside handrail.

Mr Rae suffered an injury to his ankle in the incident. He damaged ligaments and also chipped a bone in his foot.

The BBC reports that he then sought compensation from the Irish Rugby Football Union for his injuries. After a lengthy period of time, the case has finally been settled this week.

The Judge in the case is reported to have ruled in Mr Rae’s favour and against the Irish Rugby Football Union. He will now receive ankle injury compensation of £37,000.

Mr Rae is reported to have expressed sorrow that the case could not have been settled out of court.

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