A rugby union fan, who tripped and fell as he left the Ravenhill Stadium, in East Belfast, has been awarded just over £37,000 in personal injury compensation.
Forty one year old Neil Rae, had been watching his favourite team Ulster take on the Leicester Tigers at the Ravenhill Stadium, in the January of 2004, however when the game ended and he began to make his way down the grandstand he tripped and fell.
Mr. Rae chipped a bone in his foot and caused damage to his ankle ligaments in the fall.
He later launched a claim for personal injury compensation against the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), claiming that the accident would not have happened, if the stairway out of the stadium had been fitted with an inner handrail.
The High Court ruled that the IRFU had breached their duty of care to Mr. Rae and the rugby fan was awarded a total of £37,140 in damages.
Speaking after the court hearing Mr. Rae expressed his regret that the matter had to be settled in court but added that his experience had not put him off attending rugby union games at the Ravenhill.