the argentinian club Boca Juniors, whose player Sebastián Villa was sentenced this Friday for sexist violence, decided that the Colombian “will not participate” in the calls for the competitions that the club has to face until there is a final ruling.
“Given the non-firm conviction regarding” Villa, Boca Juniors “communicates that, as of the date, the person named will not participate in the calls for the competitions that the Club’s first professional men’s soccer team must face until such time as it relapses definitive judicial pronouncement”, communicated the club.
Opportunely, Boca made public its position to submit the matter to the Justice in protection of the corresponding constitutional guarantees and awaiting the issuance of the respective pronouncements. After the verdict was known, which can still be appealed by the footballer’s defense, the Boca board of directors met urgently this Friday and unanimously adopted the decision that it later communicated through its website.
Villa was sentenced this Friday to two years and one month in ineffective prison -which does not require imprisonment- in a trial for sexist violence against Daniela Cortés, who was his partner in April 2020. He must also follow a series of rules of conduct during that period, which include abstaining from any contact with her and her family and from using drugs and abusing alcoholic beverages.
The 27-year-old player must undergo psychosocial treatment and participate in workshops “in order to address his problems.” The soccer player, who has played for the Argentine Boca Juniors since 2018, was under trial since April 17 by the Correctional Court 2, in the Buenos Aires town of Lomas de Zamora.
However, until this Thursday, the Colombian player who has won two Argentine Super Cups with ‘Xeneize’, one Super League, two League Cups, one Cup and the 2022 First Division Championship played as a starter in the match of the nineteenth League day that the auriazules lost 1-0 against Arsenal.
Days ago, the club’s vice president, former soccer player Juan Román Riquelme, said that it was “a very sensitive issue” and that, when the verdict was known, the club would take “the measures it has to take, accordingly.”
The sentence that fell on Villa this Friday happened after his ex-partner had denounced him for assaults on April 27, 2020 in the house they then shared in the private neighborhood of Saint Thomas, in the Buenos Aires town of Canning. That same night, Cortés published the images of his injuries on his social networks and the next morning he filed a criminal complaint.
Villa was also denounced by another woman in May 2022 for a second episode of gender violence, which supposedly happened in June 2021, for sexual abuse with carnal access, aggravated by the injuries.