It is, but it is not. Striker Ricardo Centurión will be, if there are no complications, a new reinforcement for San Lorenzo. Racing and Vélez, the clubs that own his file, resolved their economic differences and the way is paved for the player to reach Boedo and be the new reinforcement for the squad led by Pedro Troglio since the beginning of this 2022.
The 28-year-old player will arrive on loan for one year, free of charge and with a purchase option. It will be the third incorporation of the Ciclón, after having finalized the return of the Paraguayan striker Adam Bareiro and the arrival of the winger Malcom Braida, with an interesting recent past in Aldosivi.
The leaders of the ‘azulgrana’ entity had arranged this Friday “verbally” the arrival of the former Racing and Boca player. The situation was simplified because Mauricio Pellegrino, current coach of Vélez, had already warned that he was not going to have the extreme in his plans.
Vélez negotiated the debt he had with Racing – more than a million and a half dollars and that unlocked the operation. Thus, as long as there are no unforeseen events, Centurión will be under Troglio’s orders to carry out the preseason in Pilar.
The striker began his career in Racing, where he made his debut in the First Division on May 7, 2012 in the 4-2 defeat of the “Academia” against Atlético Rafaela in the Clausura tournament that year.
Then the footballer went through Genoa in Italy, returned to Racing in 2014. He was in São Paulo, Brazil (2015-2016), arrived at Boca Juniors (2016-2017) and there began to be controversy, due to his controversial behavior off the pitch.
In his third stage in Racing (2018-2019), Centurión was again involved in problems with his teammates and leaders, for which he was sold to Atlético San Luis, from Mexico.
Finally, the player told Vélez that -through negotiations with Racing- he ended up buying 40 percent of the player’s pass for an approximate figure of 2.5 million dollars.
San Lorenzo will play this Saturday at 9:00 p.m., its first preparation test against Independiente, at Estadio Uno de La Plata, a friendly match corresponding to the Summer Tournament.
Resistance because of his background
The San Lorenzo Feminista group, made up of members and fans who advocate “an equitable, inclusive, diverse and social club” raised the alert before the imminent arrival of Centurión, who had in the past a complaint of gender violence from a former partner in 2017 when he played for Boca Juniors. For this reason, they asked the leadership to reconsider the idea of adding a footballer with this background.
“We tell the leaders that the discourse of deconstruction is accompanied by facts and political decisions every day,” feminist San Lorenzo published, accompanied by an extensive statement. During his time at Vélez, Centurión had a clause in his file, which enables the club to terminate the bond in case the footballer does not comply with the guidelines of the institution’s social statute or with the gender violence protocol.
The full statement:
On the arrival of Ricardo Centurión to San Lorenzo
Just as we celebrate the progress made by our institution in terms of gender, we believe that hiring players with a history of gender violence is going backwards in the goal of building a club free of all violence.
What is the message when you go looking for a footballer with this history of both violence and professional indiscipline? What examples do we give to the athletes who are trained in the lower divisions? What references are we building for the kids?
Although we are in favor of contracts having a clause against gender-based violence in case of criminal charges, unfortunately we know that these types of cases do not usually reach criminal courts. Therefore, it is a strong legal and symbolic measure, but one must be honest with the specific scope that it may have: it must be accompanied by decisions along the same lines of not accepting conduct of this nature beyond criminal charges.
We are tired of the fact that justice does not accompany women and of seeing how the world of football manages, covers up and justifies the actions of violent footballers who always go unpunished with their power.
On the other hand, regarding reintegration, we believe that it is possible when the violent person makes decisions that show signs of repentance, training and awareness. Attitudes that this particular player never showed publicly.
In any case, someone who was never excluded cannot be reinserted.
That San Lorenzo demonstrates that it does not tolerate a person who was violent with a woman could be an example that contributes to the ethical construction of both the training of our athletes and the people who live in our club. A political decision of choosing what kind of people our shirt represents and what kind of symbols we build in our clubs.
We tell the leaders that the discourse of deconstruction is accompanied by facts and political decisions every day. Let’s not back down.
San Lorenzo Feminist