A footballer that made a false whiplash claim after a traffic accident then bragged about continuing to play on social media has been ordered by a court to compensate his insurer, thisismoney.co.uk reported. Semi-professional striker Gary Burnett – who at the time played for the eighth tier team Northwich Victoria – tried to claim £2,000 following a collision in a Mercedes-Benz Vito. The impact was at a drive-through restaurant in Birkenhead, in October 2013. No injuries were reported and the damage was minor. However, the part time window cleaner claimed that he could not play for weeks due to shoulder and neck injuries.
Mr Burnett – who is 24 and now plays for Curzon Ashton in the National League North – took to Twitter the next day to highlight a forthcoming match. He said: “nice little trek to Kendal later for footy”. 3 weeks later he returned to the social media site to mention knocking a higher ranked team out of the FA Trophy via a second-half goal. He said: “great result today against higher opposition, the lads were different class and good to get a goal too #vics #FaTrophy.” This Twitter account was publicly accessible.