Austin FC ahead Cecilio Dominguez has been reinstated by MLS following a suspension and investigation into attainable off-field misconduct, the league introduced on Wednesday.
Dominguez is now free to take part in all crew actions, although his reinstatement is contingent on participation in “ongoing counseling,” the league stated in an announcement. Dominguez can be evaluated by a program administrator from the league’s Substance and Behavioral Well being program, which can decide the precise packages Dominguez will take part in.
The participant was suspended in April as a result of attainable off-field misconduct stemming from a report of a home dispute together with his companion. He missed 5 video games throughout his suspension.
In line with a report from the Austin Police Division, a redacted copy of which was obtained by ESPN, on the afternoon of April 8, police have been referred to as to the house of Dominguez’s ex-partner “in reference to a attainable home violence sufferer.”
The report states that the alleged sufferer had beforehand instructed a “crew good friend” about Dominguez’s abuse in direction of her. The report added that the alleged sufferer “was deemed to be in attainable hazard as suspect was going to be suspended from his crew because of her mentioning his abuse.”
Officers, together with a victims’ companies supervisor and a counselor have been referred to as to the ex-partner’s residence and have been met by Austin FC’s sports activities psychologist and a crew help particular person. The alleged sufferer knowledgeable these current that she “didn’t have any allegations of any bodily abuse.” She said that “there was some attainable psychological and emotional abuse, however nothing bodily” between her and Dominguez.
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A spokesperson for the Austin Police Division stated on the time that the report was for documentation solely and that Dominguez wasn’t arrested, whereas no felony investigation associated to him was opened.
A supply with data of the league’s investigation stated it centered on whether or not there was bodily abuse, and concluded that there was “not ample proof to help any alleged situations” of such conduct. The investigation centered solely on Dominguez’s time in MLS. Dominguez was accused of home violence in his native Paraguay in 2016, however the supply stated that MLS was unable to acquire courtroom data associated to that case.
As for why Dominguez is being beneficial to go counseling, whereas the investigation discovered that there wasn’t any proof of bodily abuse, the police report alluded to verbal and emotional abuse. For that cause, the investigation concluded that counseling is a service that could possibly be of profit to all households the place there’s “potential friction.”
That strategy was accepted by Dominguez, MLS, and the MLS Gamers Affiliation. Counseling has additionally been supplied to Dominguez’s ex-partner, as effectively.