CAS 2013/A/3273 Club Deportivo Social y Cultural Cruz Azul v. Federación de Fútbol de Chile & FIFA

CAS 2013/A/3273 Club Deportivo Social y Cultural Cruz Azul v. Federación de Fútbol de Chile & FIFA

Under Article 1 of Annex 1 to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP), clubs are obliged to release their players to their national associations or federations for international competitive matches. Furthermore, whereas the RSTP is silent as to any express liability the association or federation will bear in the event a player gets injured whilst on international duty, under Article 2 of Annex 1 of the RSTP the clubs are obliged to insure against this risk.

Facts/Procedure

On 28 December 2010, Club Deportivo Social y Cultural Cruz Azul (the Club) entered into a professional services Agreement (subsequently amended by agreement on 25 July 2012) with the Chilean player W., with a three-year term from 28 December 2010 through to 28 December 2013.

On 11 November 2011, the Player was called up by the Chilean Football Federation (CFF) to play in an official qualifying game for the 2014 Brazil World Cup against Uruguay. At the end of the game, the Player informed the Federation’s medical staff about pain in both his Achilles tendons.

On 15 November 2011, the Player played in the next game for the Chilean football team against Paraguay. The Club alleged that the participation of the Player in this game aggravated his tendon injury resulting in further injury. That was before the Club Protection Program started.

On return from international duty, the Player took no further part in the...

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