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Post  cyprussyd on 2019-09-13, 11:12 am

DOC'S CROCK SHOCK 
Sunderland sue doctor for £13MILLION over flop Ricky Alvarez in a lawsuit that could change transfers forever


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  • 13 Sep 2019, 7:21
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2019, 7:22


IT is the High Court case that will send a shiver down the spine of every doctor and physio working in sport.
In legal papers seen by SunSport, Sunderland are suing their former head of medicine and club doctor Ishtiaq Rehman for a staggering £13,182,647. And 93p.

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Former Sunderland doctor Ishtiag Rehamn is being sued by the League One club for breach of contract and negligence over ex-player Ricardo Alvarez
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Ricardo Alvarez had injury problems after Dr Ishtiag Rehman  allegedly told Sunderland there was nothing serious to worry about
If Sunderland are successful in their claim, which relates to the medical of injury-prone midfielder Ricardo Alvarez, it will have far reaching effects for every medic working in sport.
This extraordinary allegation, which is lodged in great detail over 13 pages with the High Court, is for breach of contract and negligence.

Dr Rehman first came to public prominence when he “resigned” after David Moyes pulled Patrick van Aanholt out of a game against Spurs half an hour before kick-off in 2016 over a cardiac issue.
But his reputation has been shredded by a series of incredible claims by the League One club relating to Alvarez’s medical on August 31, 2014.
In a series of accusations, the Black Cats claim their former head of medical services “did not oversee the medical appropriately, or act with best practice”.
Sunderland agreed to sign the injury-plagued Argentinian from Inter Milan, initially on loan, but there was an agreement to sign him if they remained in the Premier League.

That they did, finishing three points clear of the drop when Dick Advocaat was parachuted into the job in March 2015.
According to Sunderland, they claim Dr Rehman did not attend Alvarez’s medical because he was with the first team preparing for their Premier League clash at QPR on August 30.
Instead, he delegated the examination to four specialists, including a consultant with expertise in knee injuries.
Although various alarms were raised about the condition of Alvarez’s knees during the medical, Rehman emailed CEO Margaret Byrne and sporting director Lee Congerton to say it was “not of any concern”.
Alvarez suffered from chronic patellar tendinitis in his left knee, had a cruciate ligament operation in 2009 and a further injury three years later on his right knee.
Based on Rehman’s email, Sunderland claim they entered an “exemption clause” into the contract with Inter relating to Alvarez’s left knee — but not his right.

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Then-Premier League club Sunderland were forced to sign Ricardo Alvarez after Dick Advocaat became boss in March 2015Credit: AFP
The midfielder suffered an injury to his right knee early in the 2014-15 season and was advised to have remedial surgery in October 2014.
In March 2015, orthopaedic knee specialist Andy Williams claimed there would be concerns whether Alvarez would be able to continue to play football at the highest level.
Sunderland’s real problems began when they were forced to sign him from Inter after their miraculous 16th-placed finish under Advocaat.
After a lengthy dispute over his transfer, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ordered the Wearsiders to pay Inter £9m, plus more than £300,000 in interest.
In a separate claim brought by Alvarez, he successfully sued Sunderland over their contractual obligations and was awarded £4.198m.
Those costs forced the Black Cats to consider their position, which has resulted in this incredible claim.
They insist Rehman, who has yet to file a defence with the High Court, did not pass on the true significance of risk to Alvarez’s right knee, or that the risk was greater to his right than his left.
The midfielder did not play again for the club but has since spent two seasons with Sampdoria.
He is now with Atlas in Mexico but the 31-year-old has played just a handful of games since his move from Italy.
Sunderland are waiting for Rehman to make the next move but have asked for £13m in damages — plus interest and costs over this remarkable case.
If they win their claim, it could open the floodgates in football as well as raising the already strict threshold for player medicals.

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Post  MrRAWhite on 2019-09-13, 12:12 pm

This transfer has cost us a fortune so far, so any money back would be welcome.. Hopefully insurance will cover the doctor in this claim..

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Post  gil t azell on 2019-09-13, 6:25 pm

I hope we can win this case but surely the doctor will only have certain types of insurance. Will he have public liability, accident cover? I cannot see us getting much or anything at all but it would be nice to see SAFC have at least a little bit of psyback for the complete and utter fiasco this has been.
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Post  fitz on 2019-09-14, 4:47 pm

the problem with this sort of thing is though that going forward medics will then just refuse to give anyone a clear bill of health and every report will be full of caveats and sitting on the fence "well he looks sort of OK but you can never be certain and he could just as easily fall apart after the first match so you might want to sign him but it would be a risk but then so would signing any player so really its up to you" - or they will need to take out insurance cover for tens of millions and those costs will go back to the clubs

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