The FA's out of court settlement with Dean Ashton has surely secured our claim for compensation, following Beano's enforced retirement from the game. There was talk that the FA might wriggle out of it based on Ashton's attempted comeback, but the settlement has established once and for all that Ashton's career was ended by Wright-Phillips whilst on England duty.
Given that culpability has been firmly established, it is difficult to see how even Scott Duxbury could lose this case! The question is, should we settle at £10million now? If still fit and off his pizza diet, wouldn't Ashton be at least the equal of a certain Andy Carroll? So why shouldn't we be entitled to similar compensation to the figure demanded by Newcastle before they would part with their star striker? Ashton or Bent? I know who I would rather have, so why not at least the £24 million that Sunderland pocketed?
£10million should be the very minimum we are entitled to given the silly money now being paid for English strikers. Let's take the F.A.'s insurers to the cleaners!