“Go on, go on”: the Professional League and footballers with complaints of gender violence are back

In recent years several unfortunate acts of gender violence carried out by soccer players who worked in the professional league.

One of the most relevant is the case of sebastian villaque has two causes in justice. Both complaints were made by ex-partners of the player mouth Juniors. And during the first semester of 2023, the oral trial for sexual abuse and gender violence Against one of them, Tamara Doldán.

Another is the case of johan coalmanplayer of Careers, who will go to trial for harassment and attempted sexual abuse against the receptionist of the hotel where he stayed when he arrived in the country, to play in Gimnasia y Esgrima de la Plata, in November 2020.

eduardo salvio (now at Universidad Nacional, Mexico), denounced by his ex-partner and mother of his children for injuries, christian pavon (Mineiro, Brazil), denounced for an alleged case of sexual abuse in November 2019.

Too richard centurion (Agreed with Barracas Central) was denounced by his former partner Melisa Tozzi in 2017 for repeated blows, and was also charged together with the World Cup Thiago Almada (Atlanta United, USA.), miguel brizuela (Velez) and Juan Martin Lucero (Colo Colo, Chile) for sexual abuse. Then they were all dismissed from the case, except the former coach Juan Jose Acunathe main defendant.

Finally, we must highlight the case of the Uruguayan diego garcia (Today in Emelec, Ecuador) former Students and Board of Trustees, who in recent days have been granted to go to trial for sexual abuse with carnal access against Clara Bulacio in February 2021.

However, every March 8 (Working Women’s Day), every June 3 (Ni Una Menos) or every November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) the clubs fill their social networks with messages claiming the rights of women and the players pose with signs against violence, but then, Why are institutions still allowed to have men with these backgrounds in their ranks?

The most classic of the arguments is the famous “What he does outside the club is part of his private life”but given the inconsistency of that answer, the first support is usually the “principle of innocence”, a criminal legal principle that states that everyone is innocent until proven guiltyand therefore, the club cannot deny him the right to work.

In parallel, there were great advances to try to avoid these situations. Most of the clubs today have a secretariat or gender area to deal with these issues intensively in the Michaela Lawand there are also projects like the “Law for the prevention of gender violence in sports institutions” oh the “Law of parity in sports”both will obtain half a sanction in deputies at the end of the year and will be dealt with in the Senate in March when the sessions begin.

But in any case they are insufficient to act when the damage has already been done, when there is already a victim. In this sense, since the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights I know promoted an initiative so that all professional players with advanced causes cannot play in official competitions.

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in dialogue with 442, Maria Elena Nadeovice president and head of the APDH Secretariat for Women, Gender and Diversity, explained that although the recently named laws democratize and incorporate the gender perspective into sports institutions, “none of them resolves the issue of those accused of crimes against sexual integrity, because none establishes preventive suspension.”

“We believe from the human rights organizations and the women’s movement that a Prosecution is enough, because to prosecute a person a judge has to have firm data, evidence of the abuse, and the truth that should be enough to suspend it preventively”, added Nadeo, who remarked that since the AFA Gender Commission “He supported these regulations.”

It is important to note that this is a generalized request from women and diversities and that it does not fall solely on football or sports: “From the APDH We are promoting that when there is conduct identified as a crime against sexual integrity, that this person be suspended from their taskbut this is not yet a reality”.

In contrast to what happens in professional football, in the promotion categories or regional leagues there are some examples that will probably be used as precedents to act in situations of gender violence.

In the middle of the year, in a game of the Tres Arroyos League, Christian Tirone Garmense sports club defender savagely beat the judge of the match, Dalma Cortadifor which he received an exemplary punishment by the Disciplinary Court of the Tresarroyense Football League who ordered expel the offender “for life”.

Previously in March, a scandal revolutionized Argentino de Quilmes: two club coaches harassed underage players. Is about Omar Giménez, DT Sub 16, and Diego Giménez, DT Sub 14who insistently harassed the juveniles through Whatsapp and once they were discovered they were driven off their charges and were banned from the club for life.

Which means that in the face of clear evidence, the Institution has the power to act, without depending on what justice determines. but clearly in professional football other interests are worth more than the rights and integrity of women.

If you experience situations of violence or know someone who is in this situation, call 144.