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Negligent football tackle career-threatening

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Championship striker Dexter Blackstock is seeking compensation following a life-threatening injury on the football pitch.  Mr Blackstock is currently seeking immense High Court damages from Cardiff City and the player that committed the negligent tackle, Seyi Olofinjana. 27-year-old Blackstock is seeking compensation of more than £50,000 for the tackle that occurred in November 2010.

Blackstock was unable to play for fifteen months following the “horrific” knee injury.  He claimed that the 6’4” midfielder was “negligent” in “failing to play the ball” and “challenging (him) in a way that caused a reasonably foreseeable risk of injury”.  Nottingham Forest had been playing Cardiff in the league match, and Forest won the game 2-0. The tackle occurred in the 88th minute of the game after Blackstock had scored in the first half.  Blackstock’s manager Billy Davies called for an official complaint to be made against the offending player Olofinjana.  Cardiff’s manager Dave Jones argued that there had been “no intent” in the challenge.

“Knee will deteriorate further”

Blackstock had lodged a writ seeking damages for the loss of his bonuses for 15 months, alongside further compensation for the possibility that the injury will end his career prematurely.

Blackstock’s barrister Jonathan Crystal said: “The medical reports detail a significant chance that at some point in the future Mr Blackstock’s knee will deteriorate further or he will suffer further injury as a result of the existing condition of his knee which will impact upon his ability to play professional football.

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