UD Las Palmas will maintain in its lower divisions Joel Dominguezthe 18-year-old youth player convicted last week as the author of a crime of sexist violence for mistreating his girlfriend, a minor, but will force him to train alone for 40 days.
The teenager attacked by Domínguez, 16 years olddid not want to denounce the player or take legal action against him, but the events (shoving, kicking and grabbing) were witnessed by several witnesses, including an off-duty police officer, for which reason they also reached the Court for Violence against Women.
When appearing before the judge, Domínguez pleaded guilty to family abuse and expressed his agreement with the proposed sentence, which is already firm: 40 days of work for the benefit of the community and one year away from the victim.
UD Las Palmas has received numerous criticisms for its response to these events, some of it from representatives of public institutions who consider it insufficient or lukewarmsince the club only “rejected” Joel Domínguez’s conduct and admonished him by making his identity public.
“With sexist violence, it is not possible to look the other way. Zero tolerance. No one can evade their responsibilities. Public or private institutions must be forceful to fight against this scourge. And more so in sports due to its enormous social impact,” he wrote on Twitter , For example, Antonio Moralespresident of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, the institution that owns the stadium where UD Las Palmas plays.
The club president, Miguel Angel Ramirezhas referred to the matter this Monday on the official station of the entity, UD Radio, to announce a disciplinary measure that keeps Joel Domínguez in its chain of affiliates.
That he train alone and that he continue to receive advice
“Joel Domínguez is subject to an internal regime of the club and a file has been opened on him. What we are going to do during those 40 days, in which the player must carry out community work, is that he train alone and continue receiving counseling and help to prevent that behavior from happening again“, he pointed.