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Signed Messi and Bale shirts help to raise thousands for injured footballers

Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale both donated shirts. Credit: PA

Signed shirts donated by football superstars Gareth Bale and Lionel Messi have helped to raise thousands of pounds for two amateur players who were seriously injured in a crash.

Shaun Whiter lost both of his legs following the incident in Newmarket, while Joey Abbs was also hurt.

40-year-old Jan Adamec from Haverhill was recently sentenced to three years and four months for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs were grateful for the support. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An auction was held at Cambridge United over the weekend to support the pair, with the shirts from Bale and Messi unsurprisingly proving to be the biggest sellers.

Barcelona hero Messi's jersey went for £2,100, while Bale's Real Madrid shirt fetched £1,600.

Will Norris' goalkeeper gloves also proved to be a big hit. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The goalkeeper gloves used by Cambridge's Will Norris to save two penalties in their recent win over Accrington Stanely also brought in £1,000.

The biggest sellers

  • Lionel Messi's signed Barcelona shirt - £2,100
  • Gareth Bale's signed Real Madrid shirt - £1,600
  • Will Norris' signed goalkeeper gloves - £1,000

Yesterday event raised more than £16,000, taking the total to £30,000.

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