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Custody for Elgin City crash footballers Darryl McHardy and Ceiran McLean

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Image caption Six Elgin City players were involved in the crash last year

Two footballers who admitted causing a crash in Moray that left another young player in a coma for seven weeks have been given custodial sentences.

Elgin City players Darryl McHardy, 18, and Ceiran McLean, 22, raced along a country road in different cars.

The two vehicles then crashed - causing serious injuries to Elgin City trialist Chris Tucker, who was a passenger.

McLean was jailed for a year. McHardy was sentenced to nine months in a young offenders institution.

Both were also disqualified from driving for three years at Elgin Sheriff Court.

McHardy and McLean overtook cars and drove on the wrong side of the carriageway before the crash on the A96 Nairn to Alves road in Moray on 12 September last year.

A total of six Elgin City players were involved in the collision as they returned from an under-21 game in Dingwall, where they had defeated Inverness City 5-1.

Mr Tucker, a former Raith Rovers and Berwick Rangers player, was taken to hospital with two broken legs, a broken pelvis and a head injury.

He woke up nearly two months later with no memory of what had happened.

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