Spurs heroes Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa hurt in crash
TWO former Argentine football stars who played for Tottenham Hotspur were airlifted to hospital yesterday after their car reportedly overturned following a near-collision with a sheep in the Falklands.
Osvaldo Ardiles (61) needed 20 stitches after suffering a head injury. He is believed to have been driving the car - with his former Spurs teammate Ricky Villa (61) and five others, including his son Federico as passengers - when the accident happened.
Ardiles's other son Pablo, at home in England, said: "I don't know the exact details but I understand my dad was driving and that he lost control somehow. I've heard reports he swerved to avoid a sheep but I can't confirm that."
The two footballers were part of the Argentine side that won the 1978 World Cup and then joined the Spurs team that won the FA Cup in 1981. Spurs reached the final again the following year, but Ardiles and Villa missed out after returning to their home country because of anti-Argentine sentiment in the run-up to the Falklands conflict.
They were in the Falklands to make a documentary about Ardiles's football career for the TV channel ESPN.
Villa is not believed to have been injured, although Ardiles was kept in hospital in Port Stanley overnight. Two of the passengers also remained in the hospital for observation.
"My understanding is he is fine. He has 20 odd stitches in his head . . . but he's fine," Pablo Ardiles said.