Velez Sarsfield suspends four players over rape investigation

Argentina topflight club Vélez Sarsfield suspended four players on Thursday after a woman accused them of raping her last week.

Vélez said they suspended goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa, defender Braian Cufré, midfielder José Ignacio Florentín and striker Abiel Osorio after learning that prosecutors had launched an investigation.

A sexual abuse complaint was filed in Tucumán, a city 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) north of Buenos Aires, where Vélez played Saturday in a match against Atlético Tucumán.

Local media reported that the woman told authorities that she agreed to join one of the players in a hotel room, but that there were also three other men there.

The woman said she drank alcoholic beverages with the players, fell asleep in one of the beds and then was raped.

Only one of the four players commented on the investigation.

Uruguay’s Sosa wrote on Instagram: “I repudiate violence of any kind. I respect the physical and sexual integrity of every person. I trust in the swift action of justice.”

Vélez, an Argentinian club with 10 national titles and the 1994 Copa Libertadores trophy, said they are willing “to bring every piece of information and all relevant details so it can help the investigation.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.