A football player in Paraguay has had his contract rescinded by his club because he is suffering with cancer.
Sebastian Ariosa from Uruguay was diagnosed with mediastinal cancer in June at which point he returned home for treatment.
To add insult to injury the 28-year-old defender revealed that his club Olimpia owed him six months salary at the time of his diagnosis.
He said: “I always had to show them that they were at fault so that they complied and well – now with this, my patience has worn thin. It is a blow that one receives at a very undesirable moment.”
Club director Raul Pintos argued that the suspension was only temporary and said Arioso – who had two years left to run on his contract – would be welcome to return when he had recovered.
Paraguay’s football union has provided Ariosa with a lawyer and the pair are to meet with club officials on Monday to discuss the player’s situation. His case is likely to be followed closely by world football’s governing body FIFA.