Salvador Cabanas Accuses Club America Before Mexican Football Federation

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer ISeptember 23, 2010

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 12:  Salvador Cabanas of Paraguay stands before the international friendly match between South Korea and Paraguay at Seoul Worldcup stadium  on August 12, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Salvador Cabanas, via his official representative Jose Maria Gonzalez, has accused Club America of unilaterally cutting contact with him and not paying him or for his treatment.

The accusation was made before the Mexican Football Federation better known for its Spanish acronyms FMF.

The Cabanas legal team has not ruled out the possibility of taking the case before FIFA in case the FMF does not receive it.

The accusations are based on the fact that he is still an employee of Club America.

Gonzalez made his declaration in an interview with the Paraguayan Digital Magazine ABC.

He states that he has proof that there was a unilateral suspension of contact and payment to the FLENI Clinic by Club America against his client.

He also showed ABC the contract between Cabanas and his representatives and Club America. The contract expires in the year 2012.

In order to better understand what has transpired, it is better to go to the reason behind the dispute between Cabanas and Club America.

In the beginning of 2010, Salvador Cabanas was in a bar in Mexico City when he was shot in the forehead. The bullet lodged in his occipital lobe. He was hospitalized in Mexico and underwent rehabilitation.

At the time of his accident, Cabanas was one of the principal players for Club America. He was also going to participate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup representing his native Paraguay.

Club America paid for his treatment in Mexico and he was able to make a significant recovery in spite of the grave prognosis of an occipital lobe lesion.

The club also paid for his transfer to a treatment center called FLENI in Argentina and another in Paraguay. Club America did this under the glare of the public eye.

Club America also promised they would pay for his treatment during the time that he was under contract.

It appears that everything was great while Cabanas and the FIFA World Cup were receiving great publicity.

According to a poll released by the US Latin Station Univision, 48 percent or 428 out of 897 people polled believe that Club America should not pay for Cabanas Treatment since the accident occurred during his time off the field.

The same poll shows that 43 percent or 389 out of 897 think that Club America should pay for the treatment of Cabanas since there is still a contract that expires in 2012.

The remaining people polled showed no comment.

The situation is a tricky legal one which leaves many to have an opinion one way or another.

I am of the opinion that if Club America paid for his treatment (in Mexico, Argentina, and his native Paraguay) until now, they should continue to pay for the treatment.

Salvador Cabanas did a lot for Paraguay and Club America of Mexico. He also helped the people of Mexico.

He deserves to receive regular communication with Club America as well as payment for what happened that beginning of 2010.

The world may never know what could have transpired for Cabanas had he not been shot. The sports world should ask for justice.