BBC respond to potential Andrew Flintoff legal action after England cricket icon's terrifying crash

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Andrew Flintoff reportedly isn't pursuing legal action against the BBC at present

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 18/09/2023

- 09:01

The 45-year-old sustained serious injuries back in December

The BBC have suggested there's currently no ongoing legal action from Andrew Flintoff's side following his terrifying crash last year, reports say.

The England cricket icon was filming for Top Gear when a stunt when wrong.

Flintoff's car crashed and the 45-year-old's face was dragged along the tarmac, while he also had to wait 45 minutes in order to be airlifted to hospital.

There's been talk of the 2005 Ashes winner potentially taking legal action against the BBC for negligence.

According to the Daily Mail, however, the BBC have suggested there's nothing currently ongoing.

It is also claimed there is nothing lodged from him or his companies at the High Court, too.

Relations between Flintoff and the BBC are described as 'cordial' and there have also been 'constructive discussions'.

Flintoff has reportedly co-operated with two separate reviews by the BBC, with one already concluded and the other ongoing.

There is, however, no chance of the England legend returning to Top Gear - with the show's future up in the air and the broadcaster fearful.

The report also says formerly close friends of Flintoff were kept at 'arm's length' during his recovery period.

He was only supported by close family during that time.

Flintoff seems to be focused on cricket again, with the former all-rounder working with the England team ahead of the upcoming World Cup.

Previous reports have suggested he's volunteering and, therefore, isn't getting paid for his involvement.

And a source close to the England dressing room was quoted as hailing his impact since coming back into the fold.

"He has so much to offer and it was a no-brainer to get him involved," they said.

"These players grew up watching him. He has had his ups and downs in the game but he relates to everyone and that’s important in coaching.

"Everyone has enjoyed having him around. He’s fantastic value.

"The players have been asking him about everything. From running out Ricky Ponting at the Oval, to playing for England in the 90s, to recovering from injury and even playing in the IPL.

"There’s no reason why this cannot be the start of something. If Fred wants to carry on working in cricket, why not?

"There are so many issues to settle first but there is no doubt cricket is the thing he loves most.

"It’s family with Fred then cricket. There’s nothing better than being back in the team thinking you’re having an impact.

"Even without the accident I think he would have been back at some point.

"But one step at a time. This is literally the first time he has been out and about since the accident so he doesn’t want to get too far ahead of himself.


Andrew Flintoff England cricket

Andrew Flintoff sustained serious facial injuries while working on the BBC show Top Gear


"We’ll take it as it comes but it’s been good for him to be out thinking of something other than the crash."

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