Diego Mendieta

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Diego Mendieta
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Personal information
Date of birth June 13, 1980
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Date of death December 3, 2012(2012-12-03) (aged 32)
Place of death Surakarta, Indonesia
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Persis Solo F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Diego Mendieta (June 13, 1980 – December 3, 2012) was a Paraguayan footballer who played as a forward for the Surakarta-based Breakway Liga Super Indonesia Premier Division club Persis Solo F.C.. His death on December 3, 2012, reportedly caused by cytomegalovirus, an easily treatable disease,[1] sparked international outrage after it was made known that his club refused to pay his hospital fees, thus resulting in his demise. The club also owed Mendieta an estimated US$12,500 in salaries which had prevented him from returning to his native Paraguay.[2] The International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro), a worldwide representative organization for professional football players, dubbed his death as a "disgrace for football".


  1. ^ "Footballer Diego Mendieta's death prompts Indonesia row". BBC. December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Masters, James (December 6, 2012). "The lonely death of Diego Mendieta: Football's forgotten man". CNN. Retrieved December 12, 2012.