The Boca striker started again, the Racing striker had not competed since March and the Gimnasia striker scored a goal. The look of specialists who work in the clubs.
This Sunday, November 8, with a difference of hours, three footballers denounced in court for gender violence played for their teams in the Professional Soccer League Cup. On the Gimnasia La Plata court, the Colombian Johan Carbonero converted one of the goals of the tie against Vélez, in Racing Jonatan Cristaldo returned, while Boca returned to be the starter Sebastián Villa.
On November 28, 2019, through an 18-line statement, Racing reported that Cristaldo had received “a temporary license for five days to collaborate with the investigation and prompt clarification of the events denounced (by Morella De Las Heras) ”.
Twenty-one days later, the striker, for whom he governed a 300-meter perimeter for 150 days, played the Champions Trophy, where the team then led by Eduardo Coudet was champion and then continued adding minutes in the Super League and in the Copa de la Copa. Super League.
How is the situation of the former Vélez? The case runs the risk of being shelved, since the investigation was delayed and the player was never summoned for investigation.
On April 28 of this year, in the face of Daniela Cortés’s complaint of gender violence, Boca reported that it was “in contact with the player’s (Villa) lawyers and representatives to deepen the episode and take the corresponding measures.”
In the middle of a season paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic, he suspended it, although he did not separate him from the campus: he trained and even played friendlies. In recent days, Cortés wrote on his Instagram: “I have always stated that the personal should not transcend the work.” And according to his lawyer, Fernando Burlando, it does not bother him that the footballer plays again, while his cause awaits a decision of Justice.
They both tried to go outside to play. In February, Cristaldo was rejected by – among several clubs – the Portland Timbers of the MLS, which takes the issue of gender violence seriously. In the middle of the pandemic, meanwhile, Boca received an offer of Atlético MineiroBut the proposal was unsuccessful because the president of the Brazilian club had said that “the Atlético of the future needs solid pillars that go beyond the field of play” and that, as the final decision was his, the Colombian was not going to arrive.
More recent is the case of Johan Carbonero Balanta, the forward of Gimnasia. Just 48 hours before, the Colombian had been denounced by harassment and attempted sexual abuse by a receptionist at the Temporal Suites hotel, where the player is staying in La Plata.
Although the young woman testified before the prosecutor Virginia Bravo, at UFI 7, and the club from La Plata had activated the institutional protocol of action for the prevention and intervention in situations of gender violence, the 21-year-old soccer player played for the Cup.
The Gymnastics Gender Subcommittee clarified that it was not part of the decision that Carbonero was the incumbent. “From this space we repudiate any situation of violence that happens within the framework of the club and we work actively so that these situations are not minimized and do not happen again,” they reported from the area.
“When the ball stopped, women continued working and a lot of protocols were approved in this process, including ours,” says Maia Moreira, member of the Lanús Board of Directors and coordinator of its Gender and Diversity Department, which carried out the development of the protocol approved unanimously on July 16.
Being a sports institution of the Province of Buenos Aires, Lanús must also comply with the Micaela Law, sanctioned on September 10, which establishes that training on gender issues and violence against women is mandatory for authorities and staff of sports clubs and entities in any of its modalities.
“In article 10 of our protocol, we have contemplated in professional contracts that athletes, not just footballers, must maintain proper conduct in accordance with the principles and values that govern the protocol. If it happened in Lanús, we would propose this action: the player is separated, you can continue training because you cannot be denied labor law until there is a ruling from the Justice, but denied the ability to play and compete”, Remarks Moreira, while regretting that“ the times of Justice are much slower than the answers that we need ”.
Vélez, a pioneering club because in May 2018 it was the first in Argentine football to create the Gender Violence Area, went through this situation in June with the case of the soccer player Miguel Brizuela placeholder image, accused of assaulting his girlfriend, in addition to exercising verbal and psychological violence.
“Preventively, the player was separated from the team. Then a resolution of the Prosecutor’s Office came out, which filed the case for not having, among other things, sufficient evidence to charge or prosecute the player. So he went back to the plantel. Notwithstanding that, we are working with him on a psychoeducation space together with the Ombudsman’s Office of the City of Buenos Aires ”, explains Paula Ojeda, director of the Club’s Gender Violence Area.