Former Reading midfielder reveals the true nature of the incident that led to Cech wearing a headguard

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Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell has revealed that he was questioned by Chelsea players after Reading player Stephen Hunt collided with Petr Cech that almost led to the end of Cech’s career.

Sidwell moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2007, nine months after the incident and has revealed how the Chelsea players questioned him about the incident, but he clearly feels it was an accident.

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“It was still fresh in everyone’s minds,” Sidwell told the Athletic.

“They were asking, ‘Did Hunt mean it? He could have jumped over his head’.

“But I just told them about the way Stephen was as a player, the way he acted afterwards and so on. It was an accident in my opinion. Whether or not they believed me, I don’t know.”

Cech was hospitalised after the incident and second choice goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini was then knocked out in the same game after clashing with Ibrahima Sonko.

Cech went on to wear a protective headguard for the rest of his football career and Sidwell admitted also that Cech also approached him to ask about his accident with Hunt.

“Petr asked me about it too,” he said.

“He was a clever and nice guy, he accepted it was just one of those things.

“He felt Stephen could have got out of the way, but concluded, ‘If he says he didn’t mean it, I believe him’. That’s the kind of guy he is.

“A lot of them actually said the one with Carlo was worse — but that was just a freak accident too as far as I was concerned.”

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