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Man Utd legend spared jail after breaking motorcyclist’s leg in horrific crash

Nicky Butt, an ex-player for Manchester United and England, was condemned for breaking a motorcyclist’s leg after “losing concentration” while operating his Range Rover, but he escaped going to prison.

Man Utd legend spared jail after breaking motorcyclist's leg in horrific crash

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt arrives at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court for his sentencing hearing (Image: STEVE ALLEN)

The legendary Nicky Butt of Manchester United has escaped jail time by acknowledging that he broke a motorcyclist’s leg.

In October 2022, the former England player was driving a Range Rover in Burnley when he collided with a motorbike. Butt, a member of United’s illustrious Class of 92, was blind to rider Andrew Fielden, who had to have surgery after the event to place rods into his left leg.

The 49-year-old former midfield player appeared at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. He had pleaded to a charge of reckless driving resulting in serious harm. He was given a 12-month driving suspension and mandated to perform 100 hours of unpaid labour.

Butt made a statement to the court saying, “I could not be more sorry.” Prior information provided to the magistrates stated that Butt, who apologised to the victim in writing, had experienced a “momentary lapse of concentration” while operating the vehicle.

The prosecutor, Graeme Tindall, stated in court that it seemed as though several cars had passed what appeared to be a heavy goods van. Mr Butt lets the HGV pass, then he pulls out, just in time to see Mr Fielden approaching on his motorbike.

Two years in prison and an uncapped fine are two possible penalties for the offence. In his defence, John Dye stated to the court that although the former player’s licence loss would be “extremely inconvenient to him and his family, that is the inevitable consequence of this case” after his client had admitted the accusation.

At League Two Salford City, a team he co-owns alongside David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers, and Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, Butt serves as chief executive at the moment.

Karl Robinson, a former manager of Oxford and MK Dons, guided the former non-league team to safety after they dabbled in relegation from the Football League. Robinson was hired in January.

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