BUENOS AIRES (EFE) – An Argentine judge decided this Friday to bring the case investigating the Colombian midfielder from Boca Juniors Sebastián Villa to a trial for gender violence, accused of threatening and causing “injuries” to his then partner in April 2020.
Javier Maffucci Moore, Judge of Guarantees of Lomas de Zamora, decided to take the case to oral trial and the footballer’s lawyer, Martín Apolo, informed various local media that he will appeal the measure in the coming days.
Villa, 25, is accused of “minor injuries aggravated by the relationship and for mediating gender violence in real competition with coercive threats.”
Maffucci Moore did not comply with the request for annulment raised by Villa’s defense, which denies the accusations.
The judge assured in the resolution, shared by various local media, that “the sayings of the victim in these events, which usually take place in private, are obviously of fundamental relevance.”
After the complaint, Villa was sanctioned by the club and did not play for Xeneize for around seven months.
The offensive midfielder was taken into account again in November 2020 and since then he has been a starter in Boca Juniors, which is in the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores and that this Monday lost to Racing Club on penalties in the semifinals of the Copa de the Professional Soccer League of Argentina.
The footballer is on vacation in his native Colombia.