Part 22 – overcome adversity

March 23, 2010

Although the foul was invented as long ago as 1996 (see Part 14) it was to be another 12 years before a player was actually injured when Arsenal striker Eduardo broke his leg following a challenge by somebody from Birmingham City who only knew one way to play. Until recently, only two other players had been injured in a game of football, both of them from Arsenal. Arsene Wenger understood that this was no coincidence and submitted a dossier to the FA to raise the issue, prompting the resignation of FA Chief Executive Ian Watmore. Watmore had only been in the job for a year but his decision to leave his post was inevitable when it became clear that Arsenal were the only team to suffer injuries to players.

Nevertheless, Wenger’s dossier included the claim that in future a player from another club might suffer an injury. His stance was vindicated when it was revealed that Neville Davitt of Barnstoneworth United had become the fourth player (and the first non-Arsenal player)  to sustain an injury in a Yorkshire Premier League game over the weekend.

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