Vélez Sarsfield fires players accused of sexual assault

Abiel Osorio, José Florentín and Braian Cufré’s contracts were terminated a week after goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa, who is charged as an accomplice in the abuse

Argentine football club Vélez Sarsfield has fired the three players accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room after a match in Tucumán in March.

The club announced on Tuesday that it had released Abiel Osorio, José Florentín and Braian Cufré from their contracts. Goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa, who has been charged with being an accessory, was fired on April 17. 

Vélez’s decision came after an internal investigation found the players had committed “gross work misconduct,” allowing the club to terminate their contracts.

“[The club] has worked constantly to give the situation the importance it demands and take every step required,” said a statement by Vélez. When the case became public, the club removed the accused players from the squad, in line with the club’s gender violence protocol.

Florentín and Cufré stand accused of sexual assault aggravated by the participation of two or more perpetrators, while Osorio is accused of sexual assault. All three are under house arrest in Tucumán. Sosa — charged as an accomplice to aggravated sexual assault — paid bail of AR$50 million (US$56,053 at the official rate, US$49,652 at the MEP rate).

According to the report, Sosa messaged a 24-year-old woman on Instagram inviting her to the team’s hotel room after their 0-0 tie against Atlético Tucuman on March 2. Upon arrival at around 10 p.m., she found Cufré, Osorio, and Florentín were also in the room. 

The woman said that after the five of them shared drinks, she began to feel ill and dizzy and laid down on one of the beds. There, she alleges she was sexually assaulted. She left the hotel at around 5:30 a.m., once she had recovered enough to call a ride home.


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