Tuesday 27 June 2017

Footballer: My career is over thanks to fall

Ryan Byrne Picture: Courts Collins
Ryan Byrne Picture: Courts Collins

Tim Healy

A man who claims his aspiring football career was cut short after he fell on a footpath denied he was the author of a Twitter account which included posts about training after the accident.

Ryan Byrne (22) was a semi-professional footballer with St Patrick's Athletic Reserves when he tripped and hurt his ankle, leg and back.

He claims his foot got caught in a pothole or a depression in tarmac on Sundrive Road in Crumlin, Dublin, where reinstatement works had previously taken place.

Mr Byrne, of St Teresa's Road, Crumlin, told Mr Justice Bernard Barton he was in agony after he fell on February 4, 2014.

He has sued Bord Gáis Networks, who deny his claims.

Cross examined by counsel for Bord Gáis, Mr Byrne said he was not the author of a Twitter account Ryanbyrne94 which included posts about training in dates after the accident, including two days after the fall on Sundrive Road.

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He said somebody could have used his Instagram photos, and written posts.

He said while he tried to get back to playing football he could not sustain it, and can't play at the same level now due to back pain.

He has claimed there was a failure by the defendant to reinstate the footpath adequately or at all following the carrying out of works.

Mr Byrne told the court he was walking back to a parked car after using the ATM when the accident happened.

His left foot got caught in a depression in the tarmac and he fell. He went to his doctor after the fall.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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