BEN DOANE`S CAREER ENDED
Footballer to sue ex-SAFC full back
EX-SUNDERLAND footballer Darren Holloway could be sued over a tackle which ended another player's career, it emerged today.
Sheffield United star Ben Doane blames the 26-year-old full back for a crunch tackle which ended his playing days.
Now, Doane has instructed lawyers to sue Holloway, an England Under-21 international, who has been released from his contract at Wimbledon and is now looking for a new club.
It comes after Doane and Holloway challenged for a ball when Wimbledon met Sheffield United in the Nationwide league game in April, last year.
Doane has fought an unsuccessful battle to regain fitness after being diagnosed with a damaged ankle, and after hanging up his boots, is seeking damages for the pain, suffering and financial losses.
A spokesman for Sheffield-based legal firm, EAD Solicitors, said: "We have been told by our client that he wishes to pursue a course of action. I can confirm we will be representing Ben in this matter.
"From the evidence we have been able to collate so far, it seems most people who were there were horrified by what happened. We still have some witness statements to collect."
Holloway could not be contacted for comment.
The tackle provoked a furious response from Blades' manager Neil Warnock, who remonstrated with Holloway on the touchline.
Holloway played 55 times for Sunderland before being sold to Wimbledon – now the Milton Keynes Dons – for £1.2million in 2000.
He was a regular in the 1997/98 season – the first season Sunderland played at the Stadium of Light – and featured in the play-off-final defeat against Charlton Athletic.
The Bishop Auckland-born defender has also played loan spells at Carlilse United, Bolton and Scunthorpe during his career.
26 June 2004
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