Teddy Sheringham was proven guilty as charged on Sunday. He sent Gordon Ramsay to the hospital with a clumsy tackle that took place in a charity soccer game.
Sheringham, the former England and Manchester United striker, barged into the celebrity chef in the second half of “Soccer Aid” — a charity game which raised over £4 million ($6.3 million) for Unicef. Ramsey collapsed in a heap after the ill-advised challenge and paramedics had to stretcher him off the field.
The Hell’s Kitchen star received oxygen and was taken to a local hospital with an undisclosed back injury. He was treated and released later in the night. A spokesperson told the Mail that Ramsay would be back in the kitchen in no time.
“Gordon was taken to hospital after injuring his back during the game. He was released after receiving treatment and although he’s in pain today, there shouldn’t be any long term damage.”
Sunday’s contest was the fourth edition of “Soccer Aid.” A team of English players and celebrities won 3-1 against a team of Hollywood stars — including Woody Harrelson, Edward Norton, Mike Myers and Will Ferrell,.
Sheringham, 46, was a star of the English soccer star for parts of three decades. He played 24 years of professional soccer, including stints at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. He also played 51 times for England.
Speed and tackling technique were never part of Sheringham’s bag of tricks, and Ramsay discovered this the hard way. Ramsay, the best-selling author and television celebrity, knows his way around the field too. He was once on the books at Scottish giant Rangers FC.
Maybe a player of his experience should have seen Sheringham coming?