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Ex-striker, 27, wins £7m from Spurs after pitch heart attack

DAMAGES: Radwan Hamed was only 17 when he collapsed on a pitch in Belgium while playing for Tottenham’s youth team

A FORMER teen striker who was left severely brain damaged after a heart attack on his youth debut back in 2006 has won £7 million in damages from north London club Tottenham Hotspur.

Radwan Hamed was only 17 when he collapsed on a pitch in Belgium while playing for Tottenham’s youth team.

He was taken to intensive care but his brain was starved of oxygen and left damaged.

The claim for damages was lodged last year against Tottenham Hotspur and regional cardiologist Dr Peter Mills, who screened him for heart defects before he signed with Spurs.

The scans showed his heart was “unequivocally abnormal” but Mill and the club allowed Hamed to continue playing.

A High Court judge ruled Tottenham "breached its duties" to the former teen striker when they let him play with a known heart condition.

In an earlier hearing last year, Justice Hinkinbottom ruled the club was 70 per cent liable with Dr Mills 30 per cent liable.

Spurs will not be hit with a fee directly as their 70 per cent portion was incurred by sports physicians they previously employed, who have agreed to cover the club.

After granting a compensation order for an undisclosed figure understood to be around £7 million, Justice Lewis said: "The compensation will need to compensate for injury and for loss of earnings. More importantly, it will need to ensure his future needs are met. I would like to pay tribute to Radwan Hamed’s family.

"His father and mother and two sisters are a caring and loving family. Mr and Mrs Hamed have cared for Radwan since his tragic injury. They have shown great love and devotion."

In a statement, the family of Hamed, who is now 27, said they were "relieved" a settlement had been reached, following a decade-long legal battle.

"Just as Radwan had no choice but to start his difficult journey towards recovery, we had no choice but to start the difficult journey to obtain justice," they said.

"We risked losing our home and faced personal financial ruin in order to pursue justice for our son.

"The club did not tell us or Radwan about his potentially fatal condition. Had they done so, Radwan would not have continued to play football."

A spokesman for Spurs said: "The club wholeheartedly regrets that a former employee, as adjudged, was remiss in their duties to Radwan.

"This judgment will hopefully now secure the best possible treatment and care for him."

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