Cape Town - Emile Baron will be taking the legal route if Bidvest Wits do not pay for a leg operation for an injury that eventually ended his career.
The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper retired in 2013
following a career-ending tackle. Baron was compensated R400 000 from the PSL's
insurance, but according to him, that fell way short of what he was supposed to
The initial operation did not fix the problem and the
40-year-old now needs a metal rod inserted inside his leg and for all the bone
marrow to be drilled out.
"First we are trying to get Wits to help with the
operation that has to be done on my leg," Baron tells KickOff.com.
"Yeah, that is what we are trying to get from the
people there (at Wits). They are saying they are not responsible. So, the
[South African Football] Players Union, that's the first thing they want to get
done, so Wits can pay for my operation. Wits haven't got back to us as yet.
"We spoke to Jonathan (Schloss) and obviously with the
PSL regarding the insurance. So, it's just about one thing at a time. First the
operation, then we'll do the PSL thing."
Meanwhile, SAFPU president Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe says they
are looking at Baron's case to see if anything else can be done.
"The boy approached us to say 'look, there was a
payment' and this payment he was given this much and that's it. So, we wanted
to find out exactly what's happening in terms of his own understanding, how
this whole thing was unfolding," Gaoshubelwe explains.
"He brought this complaint to say, 'I think I didn't
get what I deserve'. Of course, we approached the team, spoke with the team,
the team gave us correspondence in terms of what was happening with that. They
showed us the letter that came with the insurer to say this is where we are...
"We need to see what happens in terms of rehabilitation
because the boy was supposed to undergo rehabilitation. Because once you are
injured as a player, part of the process was for you to attend
rehabilitation... where are we? What happened? What went wrong?
"We are reviewing the decisions that have already been
taken or implemented, to see how best we can assist the young man. Once we have
all the facts as we want them, we will make a statement to say this is where we
are. The League is not hostile towards us at this particular point in terms of
Wits official Jonathan Schloss could not be
reached for comment.
- TeamTalk Media