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FIFPro keeps a very close watch on Salvador Cabañas’ legal fight against Club América. The forward of this Mexican club lodges an appeal before CAS on account of Club América’s refusal to pay to him his outstanding salaries.

 

On January 25th, Cabañas was shot in the head while in a bar, in an alleged argument over his form and that of his team América in the Mexican league. He survived the gunshot wound, but is still recovering. The former leading scorer of the Paraguayan national team and the Club América will never play professional football again.

 

Cabañas will take his club América to the CAS over pay he claims they owe him, his lawyers said. The 30-year old striker is also claiming costs for his rehabilitation. He suffered a setback earlier this week when a Mexican Football Federation (FMF) tribunal ruled in favour of América over the issue, saying the attack was outside the player's working environment.

 

‘We lost in the first instance, now we're going to appeal’, Cabañas lawyer Gerardo Acosta told reporters. ‘We had no hope of winning in Mexico but we were obliged to take that step. We have sufficient hopes and arguments to turn this case around at the tribunal for arbitration in sport in Switzerland.’

 

Acosta said América had not arranged medical cover for Cabanas. ‘Club América has seriously breached the contract by failing to register Salvador in the Mexican Social Security. It's obligatory and he wasn't covered.’

 

Cabañas is claiming more than 1 million US Dollar from América, according to media in Paraguay. He has a signed contract with the Mexican club until 2012. His wife, María Lorgia Alonso, said recently they barely had enough money to see the family through December. FIFPro is of the opinion that América should respect its contract with Cabañas.