DAVID BUSST: An Abrupt End to a Blissful Career


On This Day In 1996, 29-year-old Coventry City defender David Busst suffered one of the most horrific injuries in football history during a Premier League match against Manchester United. Busst broke his tibia and fibula after getting a kick from Red Devil Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel which made him to slip in between two United players (Brian McClair and Denis Irwin). The match was delayed for 15 minutes while the ground staff cleaned blood off the pitch. Reportedly, Schmeichel was so disturbed by the sight of the injury that he vomited. The Red Devils won 1-0 after Busst was replaced by Willie Boland. Schmeichel later sought counseling to deal with the memory. Soon after the match, he visited Busst in the hospital, as did United’s Alex Ferguson, Steve Bruce, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and Eric Cantona, as well as Busst’s Coventry City teammates. Busst underwent a total of 22 surgeries to repair the damage, but while the doctors saved his leg, he never played professional football again. Busst injury is often considered as the most horrific in the history of the Premier League to date. Busst announced his retirement from football in May 1997.

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