Footballer who claimed £55,000 for injuries to foot is rumbled by video showing him score goal

An amateur footballer who dishonestly claimed £55,000 for injuries to his right foot after a car crash was caught out after a video showing him kick a ‘wonder goal’ was aired on Sky’s Soccer AM.

Callum Saunders, 33, told insurance firm Aviva he could not play football or work as a plasterer because of the damage done to his right foot after being involved in a collision in his white van.

But the Horsham FC footballer was caught out after his goal against Three Bridges FC was aired on Soccer AM and YouTube, and shared on Facebook in a video titled ‘The cleanest strike you’ll see today’. 

A fraud investigation was launched after the evidence Saunders submitted to Aviva raised alarms, with the firm hiring lawyers amid suspicions he was overplaying his injury to get a bigger payout.

Investigators at Clyde & Co then found tweets showing the 33-year-old boasting about playing for Haywards Heath in the Isthmian League, and clips on YouTube playing for the West Sussex side.

An amateur footballer who dishonestly claimed £55,000 for injuries to his right foot after a car crash was caught out after a video showing him kick a 'wonder goal' was aired on Sky's Soccer AM

An amateur footballer who dishonestly claimed £55,000 for injuries to his right foot after a car crash was caught out after a video showing him kick a 'wonder goal' was aired on Sky's Soccer AM

An amateur footballer who dishonestly claimed £55,000 for injuries to his right foot after a car crash was caught out after a video showing him kick a ‘wonder goal’ was aired on Sky’s Soccer AM 

Callum Saunders, 33, told insurance firm Aviva he could not play football or work as a plasterer because of the damage done to his right foot after being involved in a collision in his white van

Callum Saunders, 33, told insurance firm Aviva he could not play football or work as a plasterer because of the damage done to his right foot after being involved in a collision in his white van

Callum Saunders, 33, told insurance firm Aviva he could not play football or work as a plasterer because of the damage done to his right foot after being involved in a collision in his white van

The incriminating video shows Saunders scoring from the halfway line with his right foot in a match against Three Bridges. Saunders can be seen celebrating with his teammates as they secure a 4-3 victory.  

Just weeks later, Saunders claimed he was ‘at a permanent disadvantage on the open labour market,’ and requested £17,300 for this alone.

The clip on Soccer AM’s Twitter account has been viewed nearly 60,000 times.  Saunders was caught out after submitting his phony claim.

In a statement, Damian Rourke, who led the Clyde & Co investigation, said: ‘Callum Saunders may well have been feeling happy about his Soccer AM appearance but, in the end, it turned out to be a massive own goal. 

‘Having consistently lied to increase the amount of money he thought he could claim, our investigation showed that he behaved dishonestly. In hindsight, you have to ask how he thought he’d get away with it after constantly posting and tweeting about his football performances.

‘The law is very clear: if you exaggerate an injury for financial gain, the court can dismiss the claim and punish you. That’s what happened to Callum Saunders. He was lucky not to receive a jail sentence.’ 

But the Horsham FC footballer was caught out after his goal against Three Bridges FC was aired on Soccer AM and YouTube, and shared on Facebook in a video titled 'The cleanest strike you'll see today'

But the Horsham FC footballer was caught out after his goal against Three Bridges FC was aired on Soccer AM and YouTube, and shared on Facebook in a video titled 'The cleanest strike you'll see today'

But the Horsham FC footballer was caught out after his goal against Three Bridges FC was aired on Soccer AM and YouTube, and shared on Facebook in a video titled ‘The cleanest strike you’ll see today’ 

The incriminating video shows Saunders scoring from the halfway line with his right foot in a match against Three Bridges. Saunders can be seen celebrating with his teammates as they secure a 4-3 victory

The incriminating video shows Saunders scoring from the halfway line with his right foot in a match against Three Bridges. Saunders can be seen celebrating with his teammates as they secure a 4-3 victory

The incriminating video shows Saunders scoring from the halfway line with his right foot in a match against Three Bridges. Saunders can be seen celebrating with his teammates as they secure a 4-3 victory 

A judge at Brighton County Court said Saunders’ claim was ‘fundamentally dishonest’. The plasterer agreed to withdraw the claim and pay £5,000 in costs. 

Rob Lee, Head of Casualty Claims at Aviva, said, ‘This is a shocking example of opportunistic greed. Saunders clearly believed his minor injury claim was an open-goal 0 what he didn’t count on is that Aviva is determined to tackle fraudulent claims and stop fraudsters in their tracks. 

We will pursue and prosecute those who commit fraud to ensure there are serious consequences, as Saunders can now attest.

‘Cases such as this highlight the serious need for the whiplash reforms, which came into effect last month. The reforms remove the financial incentives for those who might otherwise seek to exploit the system for their own benefit.’ 

Saunders has been contacted for comment.

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