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Young Footballer Receives Record Compensation Payout

Manchester United starlet, Ben Collett, was awarded £4.5 million in damages yesterday in compensation after he received a football injury while playing for Manchester United reserves. Ben, who is now 23 years old, had been at the club since he was 9 years old, was injured back in 2003 in a reserve match against Middlesbrough when he was just 18.

The record payout was for future loss of earnings: £3.9 million; loss of past earnings: £460,000 and £40,000 for the pain and suffering Ben endured while he went through rehabilitation.

The compensation payout also takes into account that Ben Collett, was about to sign a three-year professional deal with Manchester United and would have been at the very least a squad player with the first team playing in the lucrative Premier League.

However, many sports experts have raised questions over the successful compensation claim payout claiming it is too difficult to tell if Ben Collett would have made the grade as a Premiership player and continued to play in the top league for the rest of his playing future.

 
 
 

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