This spoof had thousands laughing, with over 180,000 likes on youtube, it was all meant in good fun, but for professional football players an injury is no laughing matter.
Accidents are bound to happen, especially in a fast-paced game, but when an injury is caused through malice, it is extremely difficult to put forward a case.
Of course some cases are open-shut, like Luis Suarez and his serial offending. We all remember the controversial bite that happened in 2014, as well as the other attacks shown in the video below. But generally if you can’t prove that an injury was intentionally caused, you won’t see any payment for your pain and suffering.
Even though the odds are against players being successful in winning a case against an offender, it doesn’t prevent players from attempting to sue. An interesting post about three football accidents that ended in lawsuits since 2000 is a testament to just how unusual it is for cases such as this to be carried forward.
The FA provides a Code of Conduct to prevent incidents like those shown in the lawsuit article provided by Tranter Cleere, however even with the use of multiple quality cameras to catch offences; the difficulty comes with proving intent. Perhaps it is time to revise the codes or implement harsher retrospective action for serial incidents of poor sportsmanship.