Austin FC supporter groups protest return of controversial player

Austin FC currently is second in the MLS Western Conference standing despite playing against an “ugly backdrop of a potentially chaotic drama that’s hanging over its heads” -- the domestic violence accusation against MF Cecilio Dominguez, according to Kirk Bohls of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Dominguez recently was reinstated after a five-game league suspension and the league “found no concrete evidence to take stronger disciplinary action.” However, two top Austin FC supporter groups -- Los Verdes and LaMurga -- have “voiced their displeasure over his reinstatement and protested the club’s retention of him by observing 10 minutes of silence from the south end zone” during Sunday’s match against the Galaxy. The duration of the silence coincides with Dominguez’ No. 10 jersey. Additionally, the groups have banners “decrying domestic violence and alerting onlookers to a hotline for those suffering from such abuse.” Bohls writes Austin FC seems to have handled the Dominguez incident “in exemplary fashion by informing MLS as soon as it learned of accusations” against the player. However, it would be “prudent for Austin FC to take the matter as seriously as it has so far and strongly consider not allowing DomÍnguez to suit up again or even trading him.” Bohls: “The fans’ focus on this could continue to trouble a team that has otherwise had not a single misstep” (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 5/10).

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