However, insurance investigators from Clyde & Co discovered that Saunders was filmed playing for Haywards Heath FC during the game in April of that year in which they won the Southern Combination Football League championship. In addition, Saunders’ social media accounts showed posts about his appearance in the game. Haywards Heath FC’s YouTube channel also features footage of Saunders playing during the time he claimed he was still suffering from his injury.

Clyde & Co worked on behalf of Aviva.

In 2019, Saunders’ goal against Three Bridges FC was captured on Sky TV’s Soccer AM show. This footage was one of the main pieces of evidence presented in Brighton County Court showing Saunders kicking with his right foot – the foot he claimed was injured.

Saunders agreed that his claim under Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 was fundamentally dishonest after facing the evidence.

“Callum Saunders may have been happy about his appearance at Soccer AM, but in the end it was a massive own goal. After constantly lying to increase the amount of money he thought he could claim, our investigation showed he was behaving dishonestly, ”said Damian Rourke, partner at Clyde & Co, in an official statement the company. “In hindsight, you have to wonder how he thought he would get away with it after constantly posting and tweeting about his football performances.”

“This is a shocking example of opportunistic greed. Saunders clearly believed his minor infringement lawsuit was an open target – what he didn’t expect is that Aviva is determined to fight fraudulent claims and stop fraudsters. We will prosecute and prosecute those who commit fraud to ensure it has dire consequences, as Saunders can now attest, “added Rob Lee, Aviva Head of Personal Accident Insurance.