Will a clause against gender-based violence change Argentinian football?

Vélez Sarsfield have overhauled their players’ contracts in an effort to combat a problem that is all too common in society

Ricardo Centurión is toxic. But the winger’s raw skill — his game is full of stepovers and mazy runs – appears to blind fans to his repeated transgressions. Time and time again, he is forgiven.

Since turning professional with Racing Club in 2012, the 27-year-old has had three of his professional contracts rescinded for his behavior. Among other things, he has fallen out of favor for partying too much; been photographed in his swimming trunks while holding a shotgun; insulted the president of Boca Juniors; tried to bribe a police officer to avoid a drink-driving test; crashed his car while trying to evade police; fought his own teammates; and argued with his manager mid-game. That last incident ended in his exile on loan to Liga MX, although he is now back in Argentina with Vélez Sarsfield, on loan from Racing Club. With seven games of the season left, Vélez manager Gabriel Heinze hopes Centurión won’t blow up again. Only time will tell.

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