Cabanas shot for being 'off target'
PARAGUAY and Club America striker Salvador Cabanas was shot in the head in a Mexico City bar last Monday, apparently for not scoring enough goals for his club.
Cabanas, who is showing signs of recovery but remains critical, had gone to the toilet at the bar when he became involved in a row with another customer. It is reported Cabanas' assailant shouted: "Where are the goals?" at him, prompting the player to ask: "Who are you?" The row intensified, with Cabanas allegedly challenging the gunman's manhood before the shot was fired.
It is a chilling echo of the Andres Escobar shooting in 1994, in which the defender was killed, apparently by gambling drug lords, after he scored an own goal which put Colombia out of the World Cup.
Cabanas was expected to play a major role for Paraguay at this year's World Cup, having scored 10 goals in 44 appearances for them.