Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Footballer's Match Tweets Exposed Fake Injury Claim

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Footballer's Match Tweets Exposed Fake Injury Claim

Article excerpt

A SEMI-professional footballer whose bogus whiplash claim was exposed after he tweeted about scoring a goal has been spared jail.

Gary Burnett, of Lowton, Wigan, claimed he was so badly injured in a car accident at a McDonald's drive-through that he could not play for Northwich Victoria for weeks.

The now 25-year-old tried to pocket Pounds 2,000 for the smash in October 2013 which he said left him with shoulder and neck injuries.

But in fact, the window cleaner was back on the pitch the following day, posting on Twitter 'Nice little trek to Kendal later for footy'.

Burnett, pictured, also boasted about playing in and scoring in the FA Trophy less than three weeks after the accident.

His attempted fraud was rumbled when insurance investigators spotted his tweets and he withdrew his claim, admitting he had made a 'foolish judgement call'. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.