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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 August, 2004, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK
Footballer crash victim may sue
Lee Hughes outside Coventry Magistrates' Court
Lee Hughes admitted leaving the scene of the accident
A man seriously hurt in a crash caused by footballer Lee Hughes is considering whether to seek compensation for his injuries.

Albert Frisby, 59, from Coventry, spent five months in hospital after Hughes smashed into his car, and is unlikely to be able to walk properly again.

Hughes, 28, was jailed for six years for causing the death of Mr Frisby's passenger Douglas Graham.

Mr Frisby said he may meet with personal injury lawyers.

'Nervous wreck'

He told BBC WM the sentence the West Bromwich Albion striker received did not reflect the strain he and his wife Barbara had suffered.

"She's having to give her job up to look after me," the former Massey Ferguson tractor company worker said.

Albert Frisby
Albert Frisby is unlikely to walk properly again
"She's just got no time. She's a nervous wreck - it's ruined her life."

Hughes, who had been drinking at two pubs near the scene of the crash in Meriden, near Coventry, ran away and only turned himself into police 34 hours later.

Mr Graham, 56, died instantly in November's accident, in which his wife was also badly injured.

Hughes had denied causing death by dangerous driving, but a jury took just 90 minutes to convict him of the offence on Monday.

Posters removed

West Bromwich Albion terminated his contract after the verdict.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports has confirmed it will be removing all posters promoting its coverage of the new Premiership season that feature Hughes.

He appears in some billboard adverts which went up across Birmingham and the Black Country last week.

One poster featured the disgraced player being congratulated by team mates after scoring.

A spokesman for the broadcaster said the advertising campaign had been organised before the trial and that he hoped no offence had been caused.




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