León Femenil Player Loses Sight During Training, Criticizes Club's Lack of Support

Ana Campa, a Club León player, denounces the club for abandoning her after a training injury caused permanent vision loss. Her case highlights the need for clubs to provide adequate medical support for injured athletes.

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León Femenil Player Loses Sight During Training, Criticizes Club's Lack of Support

León Femenil Player Loses Sight During Training, Criticizes Club's Lack of Support

Ana Campa, a player for Club León in the Liga MX Femenil, has spoken out against her team for abandoning her after she suffered permanent vision loss from being hit by a ball during training. Campa says she has requested help from the club for months to see specialists for her injury, but the club has not provided the expected support.

The incident occurred during a training session, where a ball struck Campa in the face. She had to return to the United States and seek medical treatment on her own, where specialists informed her that the eye injury is permanent and she will not be able to play soccer again. "I have requested help from the club for months to see specialists for my vision loss, but the club has not provided the expected support," Campa stated.

Despite being registered for the current season, Campa has not seen action on the field since Matchday 2 of the Apertura 2023 on July 22, 2023 against Rayadas. She revealed on social media that the club has not accompanied her or helped her through the process of starting disability proceedings with the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).

Why this matters: Campa's case highlights the importance of clubs providing adequate medical support and care for their players, especially in the event of serious injuries. It also raises questions about the responsibility and accountability of sports organizations towards the well-being of their athletes.

The León club issued a statement saying Campa has been treated by private specialists and that club personnel have been present during her assessments at the IMSS, which is the only institution that can determine the degree of her disability. The club stated that it is awaiting the IMSS's resolution on Campa's permanent disability. ESPN journalist Adal Franco criticized Grupo Pachuca, the owners of Club León, for removing Campa from the team despite her ongoing medical situation and need for support.

Key Takeaways

  • Player Ana Campa suffered permanent vision loss from a ball strike during training.
  • Campa says Club León has not provided expected support for her medical treatment.
  • Campa has not played since July 2023 and claims club has not helped disability process.
  • Club León says Campa has received private care and they await IMSS disability ruling.
  • Case highlights need for clubs to provide adequate medical support for injured players.