After a high speed crash at Shielfield Park on Saturday night during a League speedway match against Newport, doctors have now confirmed that Carlos Villar is paralysed from the waist down.

Yesterday, Villar went through an extensive series test in order for the medical experts to fully asses his situation. On completion of the assessment it has now become tragically apparent, and confirmed, that Carlos now has to face a life of paralysis from the waist down.

Surgeons will perform an operation on his spine Tuesday (provisionally) in an attempt to enhance the upper-body movement he still has in order to protect this and make sure there will be no upper-body problems, as currently he is able to move his arms and neck.

A trust fund for the benefit of Carlos will be set up over the next day or so, and full details will be issued as soon as possible for donations from all over the speedway World to be collected together to give Carlos the best life possible under the circumstances.

A fund raising auction of top speedway memorabilia will take place soon, and already several World class GP stars have donated items to raise much needed money. Any one who has items to donate for auction should contact Alan at the club's unofficial Website or by emailing him on

Carlos' parents are currently making the long, hard journey to Middlesbrough from Argentina and are expected to arrive at their son's bedside sometime today or tomorrow.

Bandits' promoter Peter Waite said today, "We had hoped for some better news today, but the information that Carlos is confirmed as paralysed from the waist down has knocked the life out of the club, all it's management, staff and fans.

"We are all completely devastated at this news especially as Carlos loved to live life to the full, as could be seen by his extraordinary speedway riding. He has been one of the most popular Bandits for many a long year. To see him incapacitated in a hospital bed is an agonising sight.

"All at Berwick Speedway will do everything in our power to assist Carlos and his family to aid his situation as best we can, although no matter how much we can do, it will always seem so inadequate relative to his current situation.

"The whole speedway community countrywide, if not Worldwide is already rallying round Carlos with messages of concern and best wishes flooding in on email from all over the UK and even as far a-field as Australia.

"It's so heart-warming to receive massages of support, and even at this early stage Reading Speedway have performed a collection tonight (Monday) which has raised a substantial sum for Carlos, and we cannot thank them all down at Reading enough for their amazing generosity."



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