Simms v Leigh RFC [1969] 2 All ER 923

Key point

  • Participation in sport may entail the willing acceptance of risk under s2(5) Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957


  • D was the football club occupying the football ground
  • C was a member of a visiting team
  • C was tackled into a concrete wall alongside the touchline, breaking his leg


  • Did D breach its common duty of care towards C for the presence of the wall


  • Under s2(5) OLA 1957, liability is absolved since C must be taken to have willingly accepted the risk of playing on the field
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