Former Royal Casper Wins Compensation For Career-Ending Tackle

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 02 July 2003
Casper
Casper during his Man Utd days
Ex-Man Utd defender Chris Casper is to earn compensation for loss of earnings after having his career ended by Richard Carpenter, then of Cardiff City, now of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Casper has agreed an out of court settlement. The exact figure that he will receive is yet to be decided but a lengthy court case has been avoided. The courtroom battle was due to begin next Monday.

On 26th December 1999, as Reading took on Cardiff City, Chris Casper broke his leg in what proved to be a career ending injury.

The former defender, now 28, is set to earn damages after Carpenter's insurers admitted liability for breach of duty.

Carpenter received just a yellow card for his poorly-timed tackle, which at the was just a small cost to him.

Following the collision, the result of two players equally determined to reach a fifty-fifty ball, the match was delayed for ten minutes as Caskey was carried from the field of play, complete with an oxygen mask.

Casper signed for the Royals for a fee of £300,000 in September 1998 and went onto amass 55 appearances before the fateful Boxing Day of 1999.

After a long battle in a bid to reach full fitness once more the Burnley-born defender eventually was forced to throw in the towel having featured in only a few pre-season games and friendlies as he attempted a come back that wasn't to be.

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