A semi-professional footballer found himself in court after claiming he got whiplash at a McDonald’s drive thru and then tweeted about playing in a match a day later .

Gary Burnett, 24, claimed £2,000 damages following an accident at the McDonald’s inBirkenhead in 2013.

The former Skelmersdale United player claimed he had suffered injuries to his neck and back which left him unable to play for his team, Cheshire-based Northwich Victoria, for about four weeks.

But just a day after the incident he tweeted about an away match and said: “Nice little trek to Kendal later for footy.”

He also boasted about playing in and scoring in the FA Trophy less than three weeks after the crash.

Gary Burnett was caught out on Twitter
Gary Burnett was caught out on Twitter

At a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London today, Burnett admitted being in contempt of court and was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

He had already been ordered to pay costs of more than £11,000 to insurer Aviva after Wigan County Court ruled his claim was fundamentally dishonest in July last year .

Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP instigated contempt proceedings last year, and speaking after today’s hearing he said: “This is a serious case, highlighted by blatant dishonesty and a clear contempt by the offender.

“Burnett knowingly lied in order to benefit himself and the public interest demanded that proceedings be taken forward.

“Burnett is now deservedly paying the penalty for his actions and I hope this sends a message to anyone tempted to try and do the same thing.”

**STORY WRITTEN BY ELEANOR BARLOW FOR THE LIVERPOOL ECHO**