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Abuse ruined career as a professional soccer player

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In a letter to the Finanzprokuratur, the former student demands at least financial compensation for the mental and psychological damage suffered and the resulting inability to work as a professional athlete.

The traumatic attack had destroyed the boy’s dreams of a career as a professional soccer player. He had attended the middle school in question mainly because it had a cooperation agreement with FK Austria Vienna at the time. The boy was considered highly talented – he already had a young professional contract with a local first division club in his pocket. There he trained together with prominent kickers and dreamed of an engagement abroad. “But I had to end my football career because of the psychological stress after the abuse,” as the young man described in an interview with the APA last October.

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To this day, he is only able to exercise a profession to a limited extent. He requires medication and is under ongoing psychiatric treatment. For what happened to him, he is now claiming – the letter to the Finanzprokuratur is available to the APA – 50,000 euros in pain and suffering and 740,000 euros in loss of earnings for the career in professional sports that was taken away from him.

The young man had been abused by his sports teacher – a serial offender – during a so-called reading night in the middle school gym. The attack led to traumatisation, and the victim was only able to talk about the abuse many years later – after the perpetrator had committed suicide. He also reported this. Over time, the young man developed several severe mental illnesses that were diagnosed by a specialist.

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In her letter to the Finanzprokuratur, his legal representative Herta Bauer points out that the abuse took place in the school and that the school management and the education department should have withdrawn the teacher from traffic long ago due to other past abuses by the teacher. The institutions should have known “of the real and immediate danger” for the students, but failed to take appropriate measures against it. In Bauer’s view, the criteria for liability under the Official Liability Act have been met.

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