When football players… slip, trip and fall


Five very unusual football hazards

We’re talking about the effects of slips, trips and falls at work this month – but what about footballers?

Unusual slips, trips and falls have injured many… and here’s our top five hazards for footballers to avoid:

1 Children. After tripping over his son’s toy cars, Sean Flynn’s injuries included a broken nose and bruised toes.

2 Dogs. Stoke’s Liam Lawrence was unlucky enough to fall down the stairs and injure his ankle after tripping over his dog.

3 Signs. Richard Wright missed Everton’s FA Cup fourth-round replay at Chelsea after an injury in the warm-up. How? A safety notice was put up in the goalmouth, which he fell over, twisting his ankle.

4 Cows. Sam Henderson’s shoulder took the brunt in 2018. His boss Dougie Anderson added, “It could have been worse as the cow ran at him for a second time but he managed to get out of the way.”

5 Moose. Svein Grondalen was running in his native Norway when he tripped over a sleeping moose. He suffered injuries after the animal promptly charged him over a steep hill.

And… Dogs (again). We can’t miss out Brentford’s Chic Brodie. The goalkeeper’s career was ended after a collision with a dog that had run on to the pitch. He explained, “The dog might have been a small one, but it just happened to be a solid one.”

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