Boro Loose £4.5m Appeal

Boro Loose £4.5m Appeal

Middlesbrough FC have lost an appeal against a £4.5 million damages award over a high tackle.

Middlesbrough's Gary Smith broke Manchester United player Ben Collett's right leg in two places, during a reserve game in 2003.

The court heard Collett could have earned more than £13,000 a week, and could have played until the age of 35.

Dismissing the appeal, Lady Justice Smith and Lord Justice Carnwath agreed that not only was the compensation for a lost career not excessive, but there was a chance Collett could have achieved even more as a footballer.

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