Frank Lampard injured in mid-air, as FA book budget plane to friendly in Qatar
Football chiefs could face £900k compensation bill…
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been forced to pull out of England‘s Qatar-based friendly with Brazil on Saturday, after picking up a hamstring injury brought on by the ‘cramped’ team plane.
The FA are now reportedly facing a £900,000 compensation claim from the Blues, as they look to reclaim the £151,000 p/w wages they’ll be shelling out while Lampsie is sprawled out over a physio’s bench.
According to The Sun, Lampard tore a thigh muscle during England’s first training session, after attempting to “burst into a sprint” (seriously, those were the words they used.) The finger of blame was immediately pointed at a pokey jet the FA had chartered to fly its team 3,000 miles to Qatar.
On deplaning from the seven hour flight, England players are said to have complained of ‘cramp and muscle pains’, having found out the non-flat bed seats barely reclined – reports suggest the plane was only designed for short haul flights. We’re surprised Peter Crouch didn’t come back in a wheelchair.
England boss Fabio Capello confirmed the FA’s burgeoning reputation as a bunch of tight bastards by adding:
It is the same plane (we used to fly to) Trinidad and Kazakhstan.
Lampard has now been ruled out for three weeks, leaving the FA to pick up the pieces of a fantastically pointless endeavour – if Chelsea decide to make a claim, England’s football chiefs – who were set to earn about 400k from the Brazil game – will be left 500k out of pocket. Let’s call it a stupidity tax.