WATCH: Leeds United fan shatters heel jumping into River Thames to celebrate Premier League survival

A Leeds United fan 'can't walk or work' after he shattered his heel jumping in to the Thames to celebrate Premier League survival.

By Daniel Sheridan
Monday, 23rd May 2022, 1:20 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd May 2022, 1:23 pm

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Johnnie Matthews, 36, said the decision to jump into the water - which was only a few feet deep - wasn't "his cleverest idea".

He has had a season ticket since 2015, despite living in Farborough, Hampshire.

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Johnnie Matthews said the decision to jump into the water - which was only a few feet deep - wasn't "his cleverest idea".

Johnnie travelled to watch the Brentford match in the away end with around 1,800 other fans.

However, he was to make a huge call to friends.

"I made a comment to the lads, if Leeds stay up, I’m in the Thames", Johnnie said.

"We’d just left the ground and walked down the river to a pub, there was a bit of goading going on but as I’m not a good swimmer, I said I’d find somewhere to jump in where I know I can get back out, it looked deep from the bank but turns out it wasn’t.

Liam, Johnnie, Alex and Pete (l-r)

"I knew as soon as I hit the bottom I was in trouble, getting back out was a real challenge not being able to stand.

"I’ve damaged both of my feet, left is just bruising and cuts, and I’ve shattered my right heel."

Johnnie is now awaiting a call from the hospital to see if he requires surgery.

He has been left unable to "walk or work".