Ex Iron defender Christian Ribeiro forced to retire

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Ex-Iron full back and Oxford United defender Christian Ribeiro has been forced to retire due to a knee injury.

The likeable 27-year-old has been told by specialists if he continues playing it may affect his ability to walk later in life.

“It has been really, really tough ; the hardest decision I have ever had to make. But I have to do what is right in the long term and therefore, sadly, I am going to have to hang up my boots”, Ribeiro told the Oxford United website.

“The medical team here have been brilliant but eventually it got to the stage where I had to see a specialist and unfortunately the damage was worse than we had hoped.

“Retiring at 27 was something I never expected but I couldn’t have asked for a better club to finish my playing career at. From the Chairman right through the coaching staff and my fantastic teammates, everyone has been so supportive.

Oxford boss Pep Clotet added: “He’s very sad, having worked very hard as a footballer to overcome these injuries.

“The fact he now has to put an end to his career based on a medical recommendation, it just shows how sometimes life is ruthless.

“One thing’s for sure, he’ll succeed in whatever he chooses to do in life. The amount of work he puts in made him earn everything that he has.”

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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