Vélez Sarsfield Terminates Contracts of Players Accused of Sexual Assault

Argentine club Vélez Sarsfield terminates contracts of 3 players accused of sexual assault, dismisses goalkeeper charged with complicity, highlighting the need for sports to address gender violence.

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Vélez Sarsfield Terminates Contracts of Players Accused of Sexual Assault

Vélez Sarsfield Terminates Contracts of Players Accused of Sexual Assault

Argentine soccer club Vélez Sarsfield has terminated the contracts of three players who were accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room after a match in Tucumán in March 2024. The club also dismissed goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa, who was charged with complicity in the alleged assault.

The players whose contracts were terminated are Abiel Osorio, José Florentín, and Brian Cufré. Osorio is charged with sexual assault, while Florentín and Cufré are charged with sexual assault involving two or more perpetrators. All three are currently under house arrest in Tucumán.

Vélez Sarsfield made the decision to terminate the players' contracts after conducting an internal investigation, which found that they had committed "gross misconduct at work." This allowed the club to terminate their contracts.

The alleged assault occurred after a 0-0 tie against Atlético Tucuman on March 2, 2024. According to reports, a 24-year-old woman was invited to the team's hotel room, where she experienced sexual violence after having drinks with the players and feeling ill and dizzy.

Sosa, who was accused of complicity in the aggravated sexual assault, paid bail and was dismissed by the club on April 17, 2024.

Why this matters: This case highlights the ongoing issue of sexual violence in sports and the need for clubs and organizations to take swift action against players accused of such crimes. It also emphasizes the importance of creating a safe environment for women in and around the world of professional sports.

In a statement, Vélez Sarsfield said it "strongly repudiates any act of gender violence" and will continue to cooperate with the legal investigation into the alleged assault. The club also expressed its support for the victim and her family. The accused players have not publicly commented on the charges against them as the legal case proceeds.

Key Takeaways

  • Argentine club Vélez Sarsfield terminated 3 players accused of sexual assault.
  • Goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa was also dismissed for complicity in the alleged assault.
  • The players are currently under house arrest in Tucumán, Argentina.
  • Vélez Sarsfield conducted an internal investigation and found "gross misconduct."
  • The case highlights the need to address sexual violence in sports.