Emille Baron hoping Bidvest Wits will pay for new operation following forced retirement PSL insurance issue

Scroll right for some memories of Baron's goalkeep
Scroll right for some memories of Baron's goalkeeping career

Emille Baron wants Bidvest Wits to pay for another operation he requires as part of his recovery from a career-ending injury.

In April the ex-Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper told this website that he was "screwed" by the PSL's insurance policy following a career-ending tackle in 2013 and that fight continues with the help of SAFPU.

The former South Africa international was paid R400 000 from the PSL's insurance but according to him, that was not nearly as much as he was supposed to receive.

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PSL insurance payouts are split 50/50 between the club and the player, and Wits decided to hand the full amount over to Baron and not keep their own R200 000.

However, the 40-year-old fell on hard times since his forced retirement and now needs another operation as continues a lengthy recovery process. Doctors need to drill out all the bone marrow and insert a metal rod inside his leg.

"First we are trying to get Wits to help with the operation that has to be done on my leg," Baron tells snl24.com/kickoff.

"Ja 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."

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Meanwhile, SAFPU president Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe says they are studying 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?

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"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 this thing."

Wits official Jonathan Schloss could not be reached for comment.