Wednesday 28 September 2016

Fans rally to put smile back on goalkeeper's face

Published 14/09/2015 | 12:14

Goalkeeper Daniel Platt lost four teeth in a clash of heads during a match
Goalkeeper Daniel Platt lost four teeth in a clash of heads during a match

Football fans have been asked to dig deep to put a smile back on the face of a non-league goalkeeper who lost four teeth on the pitch.

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Halesowen Town goalie Daniel Platt, 23, clashed heads with Tividale striker Joel Ayetti during a game on August 8 - with Platt leaving the pitch with a broken jaw causing his teeth to fall out by the roots.

The club, who play in the Northern Premier League, did not have sports injury insurance to cover the dental work, so Platt has been left with a £6,000 bill to pay for the reconstruction of his four teeth.

The Professional Footballers Association have said they will pay half the bill and now players and supporters have joined in with a fundraising campaign to cover the rest.

More than 40 people have already stumped up £670 in the week since the fundraising drive began.

Platt told the Halesowen News: "It wasn't the nicest thing to happen. I came out to head the ball clear and their player headed me in the face."

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