Thursday 23 November 2017

Lionel Messi makes amazing gesture to help two non-league players who were the victims of a hit-and-run

Argentina's Lionel Messi. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Argentina's Lionel Messi. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci Newsdesk Newsdesk

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has donated a signed shirt to help raise funds for two non-league footballers who were the victims of a hit-and-run crash.

Former Newmarket Town player Shaun Whiter lost both his legs when he was hit helping his friend Joey Abbs to change a tyre near the Suffolk town. Abbs suffered a serious leg injury.

Messi, Barcelona team mate Arda Turan, Wayne Rooney, John Terry and the first teams of Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham and England have donated signed shirts to be auctioned off at a Football Family Day on October 9.

Newmarket Town, Soham Town Rangers, Cambridge City and Fulbourn Institute, the teams the duo played for before the accident, will take part in a mini-tournament on the day.

"I can't thank Lionel Messi and Arda Turan enough for donating their shirts and getting them to Cambridge," Whiter told BBC Look East.

"We're going to auction them off and see what we can get."

Jan Adamec, 40, from Haverhill, was jailed for three years and four months earlier this year after pleading guilty to two charges of causing injury by dangerous driving.

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