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Former Manchester United footballer Keith Gillespie was involved in a sickening elbow attack on an opponent during the clubs recent legends fixture versus an Australian legends XI.

Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke and Denis Irwin were the big names for The Red Devils, who succumbed to a 3-0 defeat against the PFA Aussie legends team in a fixture which raised funds for the Perth-based ‘DT38 Foundation’ and the ‘Manchester United Foundation’.

The DT38 Foundation has been set up in memory of Dylan James Tombides. Dylan was an Australian International and West Ham United professional football player who passed away aged 20 in April 2014, after a 3 year battle with testicular cancer.

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In scenes reminiscent of a Marouane Fellaini challenge, Gillespie reacted to being caught in the ribs by throwing an elbow at his opponent.

The Northern Irishman’s off-the-ball reaction saw him hit former A-League star Dean Heffernan with a shocking elbow.

Taking to Twitter after the incident, he wrote: “Apologies to everyone with regards my elbow. I reacted to an elbow in the ribs but I obviously didn’t mean to injure. Apologies again.”

The commentators for MUTV were disgusted by the incident while Fox Sports Australia reported that Heffernan had to remain in the hospital for scans and as a result of the elbow, “was dazed, had chipped teeth and damage to his jaw.”

According to reports, Bryan Robson, who is involved in the legends games, has told Gillespie that he won’t be involved in the next charity fixture.