- John Fashanu has revealed how doctor told him he was never going to play football again following a tackle by Ryan Giggs
- The former Aston Villa striker featured in a Premier League game against Manchester United at the Old Trafford in 1995, but suffered damage to his knee ligament
- Fashanu was then forced to dump football to become a television presenter with the UK edition of ‘Gladiators’ alongside Ulrika Jonsson in the 1990s
A two-capped former England international John Fashanu has narrated how he was forced into early retirement following the injury he sustained during Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United in 1995, Football Speakers reports.
Just a year before the incident, Fashanu left Wimbledon for Villa as he joined for a staggering fee of £1.35 million and with his blistering form for the Clarets.
His professional football career ended abruptly after a dangerous tackle by Ryan Giggs as he suffered serious injury to his knee ligament at the Old Trafford.
Fashanu who then dumped football became a television presenter as he worked the UK edition of ‘Gladiators’ alongside Ulrika Jonsson in the 1990s.
But recounting the moment his footballing career ended, the 59-year-old stated that he doctor on the field told him he was never going to play football again following the impact of the tackle by Giggs.
Fashanu told The BlackMentor TV and the host, Joseph James Nantomah:
“I was playing for Aston Villa and during a game against Manchester United, Ryan Giggs broke my knee with a tackle and the doctor on the pitch told me ‘John Fashanu, you’re never going to play football again'.
“Luckily, I had already foreseen that I was getting older as I was already 31 at that time. I realised my time was coming and I gradually changed and became a presenter."
John Fashanu blasts Jurgen Klopp for branding AFCON ‘little tournament’
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Former England international Fashanu hit out at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who referred to the forthcoming AFCON competition as ‘little tournament’.
“This is a big slap on black players around the world. I am very disappointed that somebody who we rated as highly as we did can literarily drip that out with his silly mouth.”
Fashanu accuses Super Eagles handlers for demanding bribe
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that John Fashanu accused former Super Eagles handlers of demanding a bribe before giving him a chance to play for Nigeria.
The 59-year-old retired striker had made attempts to play for the three-time African champions but his inability to pay the requested funds.
Fashanu didn't mention the names of everyone involved just yet, he however named Otto Gloria as part of the cabal in his exclusive interview with Brila FM.
Source: Sports Brief News