Keith Gillespie hospitalises opponent with chipped teeth and memory loss playing for Manchester United legends

Jack Austin
The Independent
Gillespie has reportedly been told he will not play in United's next legends game: Getty
Gillespie has reportedly been told he will not play in United's next legends game: Getty

Former Manchester United midfielder Keith Gillespie has hospitalised an opponent with memory loss and chipped teeth following a clash in a charity match in Australia.

Gillespie, who made nine appearances for the club before being sold to Newcastle as part of the deal to take Andy Cole to Old Trafford, was playing for a United Legends XI in Perth on Saturday when the incident occurred.

The Northern Irishman lashed out at Dean Heffernan off the ball during the second half with a vicious-looking elbow to his jaw in a match held in remembrance of late West Ham youngster, Australian Dylan Tombides, who passed away in 2014.

Heffernan was left in a heap on the ground during the incident, which was missed by the referee, and was scanned in a Perth hospital after struggling with his memory and having damaged teeth and jaw, according to FOX Sports.

Gillespie apologised following the match on Twitter, writing: “Apologies to everyone with regards to my elbow. I reacted to an elbow in the ribs but I obviously didn’t mean to injure. Apologies again.”

United lost the game 3-0 and Gillespie has reportedly been told he will not feature in United’s next legends game, against Barcelona.

The PFA also said they would be taking up the incident with Manchester United.

“It is unfortunate that the focus has shifted off what was a wonderful night for the Dylan Tombides Foundation and our members,” Chief Executive John Didulica said to FOX.

“Thankfully Dean is recovering well, however given the seriousness of the incident it is appropriate that we take it up with Manchester United.”

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