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Amateur umpire held liable for injuries

A High Court ruling in England holding a referee responsible for a player’s injuries has highlighted the liability risks faced by sporting officials everywhere. The court found the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) was liable when an amateur player was paralysed after a scrum collapsed. The player, Richard Vowles, 29, now wheelchair-bound, brought a damages action against the match referee, for whom the WRU accepted vicarious liability. Mr Vowles is expected …

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