What started as a love affair for Lazio with Mauro Zarate in July 2008 turned sour far too quickly for both parties. The controversy between the Roman club and the Argentinian striker remains ongoing and is far from over.
President Claudio Lotito appealed to FIFA, who gave the Zarate a temporary transfer to play for Velez Sarsfield in Argentina, seeking damages of approximately 10 million Euros.
The President of Velez Sarsfield, Miguel Calello, is the latest figure to give his opinion of the issue; "I am not worried. When we acquired Mauro Zarate, for us it was free. This issue is unfortunate but only affects Mauro and Lazio".
Calello then went on to compare Zarate’s case with that of another Argentinian striker; "This story in some ways can be compared to that of Gaston Fernandez, who currently plays for Estudiantes. In 2011 he was banned by FIFA for 4 months".
In that instance the player was in regular conflict with his side at the time, Monterrey of Mexico. Fernandez left the Mexican side in 2006 for ‘personal reasons’.
"I can not tell you exactly if there are similarities with that story to the one of Zarate but it reminds me of that similar situation", concluded Calello (speaking to Argentinian media agent Losandes).