AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC midfielder Cecilio Domínguez has been reinstated to the club after a near month-long investigation by Major League Soccer into possible off-field misconduct.
The league announced Domínguez was suspended on April 8 after Austin FC “initiated a League and a law enforcement investigation into a report of a domestic dispute with his partner,” the release said.
Domínguez is eligible to return to the team pending participation in MLS-mandated counseling. Dominguez missed five games during the investigation.
The midfielder has scored two goals in four games during the 2022 season. He tied for the most goals on the team in 2021 with seven.
Austin FC hosts LA Galaxy Sunday at Q2 Stadium.
Supporter group stands against reinstatement
One of Austin FC’s large supporter groups is publicly taking a stand against Domínguez’s reinstatement.
In a statement released on its Twitter, Los Verdes said, “There is no place for abusers in the Austin FC organization, the Austin community and the soccer community as a whole.”
The group is also calling for transparency in the screening process “that allowed a player with previous criminal charges of domestic violence to be signed on the team.”
While details on the incident in question are scarce, a report from ESPN said a redacted report from Austin police said officers were called to the home of Domínguez’s ex-partner in early April. The report, obtained by ESPN, said the alleged victim had reported some possible “mental and emotional abuse, but nothing physical.”
ESPN reported that at the time, APD said the report was for documentation purposes only, and Domínguez was not arrested and no criminal investigation was ever opened.
ESPN said Domínguez was accused of domestic violence in his native Paraguay in 2016, but no court records related to the case were obtained.
Los Verdes also announced a fundraiser and donation drive for SAFE Alliance.