Cabanas turns focus to appeal
Published 04/12/2010 | 05:00
Former Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas, shot in the head in a Mexico City bar in January, is taking his former club America to the Court for Arbitration in Sport over pay he claims they owe him.
Cabanas is seeking $1.3m, claiming that the attack occurred because the player was confronted over the team's poor performances and he was defending the club. A Mexican Football Federation (FMF) tribunal ruled in favour of America, who successfully argued that because the attack occurred in a bar in the early hours of the morning, it was outside of the club's responsibility.
"We had no hope of winning in Mexico, but we have sufficient hopes and arguments to turn this case around at the tribunal for arbitration in sport in Switzerland," lawyer Gerardo Acosta said. Acosta said America had not arranged medical cover for Cabanas.
However, an FMF spokesman said: "The club are freed of obligation because the other party couldn't prove it was a work accident."
Forget medical cover, he should have been entitled to danger pay.