Sand­wich nearly killed soc­cer boss

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A SU­PER­MAR­KET chain has been fined al­most £75,000 af­ter it sold a packet of ox tongue which left a soc­cer ty­coon fight­ing for life with food poi­son­ing.

Mau­rice Lind­say, 70, had taken just ONE BITE of a sand­wich, un­aware the ox tongue was in­fected with a bac­te­ria virus.

He was taken se­ri­ously ill and had to be kept in hos­pi­tal for three weeks dur­ing which he needed life-sav­ing in­jec­tions ev­ery four hours.

He later had to quit as chair­man of League One team Pre­ston North End as a re­sult of his ill­ness.

Tests re­vealed the ox tongue had been in­fected with Lis­te­ria, which has a 30 per cent mor­tal­ity rate when it in­fects hu­mans.

Booths supermarkets ad­mit­ted 10 hy­giene of­fences, plus la­belling and sell-by-date of­fences, at a court in Black­pool.

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