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Footballer faked crash injuries to help promote Salford to the EFL while saying he couldn’t work

Footballer Richie Allen faked having crash injuries to helping promote Salford to the English Football League while saying he couldn’t work.

The 37 year old claimed he was involved in a crash which left him with severe whiplash, so much so that he couldn’t work for 11 months.

However despite that, he went on to score 17 goals in a season which saw The Ammies win promotion after winning the National League playoffs.

Preston County Court found out about Allen lying on an insurance claim after a car crash in January 2017.

Law firm Horwich Farrelly exposed him after being approached by his suspicious insurers.

A spokesman said: “Footballer Richard Allen scored a spectacular own goal after a court ruled he made a dishonest claim for whiplash following a car accident.

“After being involved as a passenger in a motor collision in Preston in January 2017, Allen claimed he was injured for 11 months and unable to work.

“Despite these claims he continued to play several matches for Salford City FC until the end of their National League North title-winning season in 2017/18, as well as going on to play for Longridge Town FC of the North West Counties League Premier Division.

“In total he played more than 30 matches after the accident disproving his claim that he was injured.

“When Horwich Farrelly exposed that Allen had indeed been playing in football matches despite saying he was injured, his defence was that he was able to play because he was self-medicating with illegally purchased steroids in order to hide his injuries as he had no other means of income besides football.

“Despite these claims Horwich Farrelly pushed for the case to go to court where the judge found Allen fundamentally dishonest and ordered him to pay costs of over £6,000.”

Russell Pollard, Chief Claims Director at Gefion Insurance – the underwriter for Allen’s policy – said: “Gefion are very pleased with this finding.

“At Gefion we take a robust approach to identifying and investigating suspected dishonest claims. It is our moral obligation to prevent premiums paid by honest paying policyholders being used to pay dishonest claimants.”

After leaving Salford, the player joined Longridge Town FC in the North West Counties League Premier Division.

He was well remembered for the time he produced a beauty to knock out Notts County from the FA Cup…

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