Footballer who claimed £55k for injuries rumbled after scoring goal

Footballer who claimed £55k for injuries rumbled after scoring goal

Amateur footballer, 33, who dishonestly claimed £55,000 for injuries to his right foot after crash is rumbled by video showing him score ‘wonder goal’ shown on Soccer AM

  • Amateur footballer Callum Saunders claimed £55,000 for injuries to right foot
  • He told Aviva he could not play football or work as plasterer because of damage 
  • But he was rumbled after video was aired on Soccer AM showing ‘wonder goal’ 

An amateur footballer who dishonestly claimed £55,000 for injuries to his right foot after a car crash was caught out after a video showing him kick a ‘wonder goal’ was aired on Sky’s Soccer AM.

Callum Saunders, 33, told insurance firm Aviva he could not play football or work as a plasterer because of the damage done to his right foot after being involved in a collision in his white van.

But the Horsham FC footballer was caught out after his goal against Three Bridges FC was aired on Soccer AM and YouTube, and shared on Facebook in a video titled ‘The cleanest strike you’ll see today’. 

A fraud investigation was launched after the evidence Saunders submitted to Aviva raised alarms, with the firm hiring lawyers amid suspicions he was overplaying his injury to get a bigger payout.

Investigators at Clyde & Co then found tweets showing the 33-year-old boasting about playing for Haywards Heath in the Isthmian League, and clips on YouTube playing for the West Sussex side.

An amateur footballer who dishonestly claimed £55,000 for injuries to his right foot after a car crash was caught out after a video showing him kick a ‘wonder goal’ was aired on Sky’s Soccer AM 

Callum Saunders, 33, told insurance firm Aviva he could not play football or work as a plasterer because of the damage done to his right foot after being involved in a collision in his white van

The incriminating video shows Saunders scoring from the halfway line with his right foot in a match against Three Bridges. Saunders can be seen celebrating with his teammates as they secure a 4-3 victory.  

Just weeks later, Saunders claimed he was ‘at a permanent disadvantage on the open labour market,’ and requested £17,300 for this alone.

The clip on Soccer AM’s Twitter account has been viewed nearly 60,000 times.  Saunders was caught out after submitting his phony claim.

According to the Sun, Damian Rourke, who led the Clyde & Co investigation, said: ‘Callum Saunders may well have been feeling happy about his Soccer AM appearance. But, in the end, it turned out to be a massive own goal.’

But the Horsham FC footballer was caught out after his goal against Three Bridges FC was aired on Soccer AM and YouTube, and shared on Facebook in a video titled ‘The cleanest strike you’ll see today’ 

The incriminating video shows Saunders scoring from the halfway line with his right foot in a match against Three Bridges. Saunders can be seen celebrating with his teammates as they secure a 4-3 victory 

A judge at Brighton County Court said Saunders’ claim was ‘fundamentally dishonest’. The plasterer agreed to withdraw the claim and pay £5,000 in costs.  

Mr Rourke added: ‘Having consistently lied to increase the amount of money he thought he could claim, our investigation showed that he behaved dishonestly.’

Head of Aviva’s casualty claims, Rob Lee, said: ‘Saunders clearly believed his minor injury claim was an open goal. 

‘What he didn’t count on is that Aviva is determined to tackle fraudulent claims and stop fraudsters in their tracks.’   

Saunders, Aviva and Clyde & Co have all been contacted for comment.

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