Former Man United star throws sickening elbow during Red Devils legends match

It’s been a bad weekend for horrific challenges in football. On Friday night the Ireland and Wales game was full of them, with Glen Whelan elbowing Joe Allen in the throat before Gareth Bale and Neil Taylor put in dangerous tackles on their opponents.

Taylor’s in particular generated a lot of negative headlines as his dangerous tackle resulted in a double leg break for Ireland and Everton defender Seamus Coleman.

However, there was one that drifted under the radar and has only come to light on Sunday morning as it was played in Australia.

Football fans Down Under were given a real treat as a Manchester United legends side (a fairly strong one at that) took on an Australian XI in a high profile exhibition game.

United took a decent XI containing the likes of Ronny Johnsen, Mikael Sivestre, Denis Irwin, Karel Poborsky, Pauls Scholes, Dwight Yorke and Louis Saha. Pretty impressing all in all.

One player who also made the squad was former Northern Ireland international Keith Gillespie. Now 42, the Larne-born midfielder didm;t have much to shout about during his spell with the Red Devils.

Having come through the youth academy, his career total at Old Trafford amassed to just nine appearances and one goal before being moved on to Newcastle United in 1995.

However, he comes in handy for legends games apparently, and during this particular clash he came in all elbows.

The Australian side gave their United counterparts the run around throughout the 90 minutes, despite being much less well known or accomplished, but it wasn’t any of the goals that stood out, rather it was something Gillespie did during the second half.

While isolated with Aussie left-back Dean Heffernan, Gillespie aimed a vicious looking elbow into the 36-year-old’s face.

Check out the video below…

Disgusting! Who does this during a friendly exhibition match? He sent Heffernan crashing to the ground and apparently knocked him out momentarily.

Heffernan must have been trying to wind him up and he’s only gone and reacted in the most malicious way possible.

But that’s no excuse, a man of Gillespie’s age and experience should really know better, though he’ll likely get away with this shocking display of unsportsmanlike behaviour.

What a way to mar a fun and exciting game.

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