The Venezuelan Prosecutor’s Office charged a sports journalist from that country with making comments on the networks loaded with sexist violence against Antonella Roccuzzo, the wife of Argentine star Lionel Messi, regarding the meeting between the soccer teams of Argentina and Venezuela in Caracas.
The head of the Venezuelan Public Ministry, Tarek William Saab, wrote on his Twitter account that a prosecutor was appointed “to request an arrest warrant and indictment” against Fernando Petrocelli for the crimes of “symbolic violence and promotion of hatred due to gender discrimination“.
Last Thursday a match was held between the teams of Argentina and Venezuela as part of the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Messi, who debuted last Sunday with Paris Saint-Germain, after leaving FC Barcelona, He arrived in the Venezuelan capital at dawn on Tuesday, which generated great expectations among football fans.
In the context of the meeting, the Venezuelan narrator, who is part of the satellite subscription television DirecTV, retweeted and made a comment from one of his followers where they referred to a sexual abuse against the soccer star’s wife.
“You have to launch some spicy songs: ‘Messi, Messi, Messi, it’s okay, you’re a crack, but Antonella, we’re all going to suck it off,” reads the shared publication. For his part, Petrocelli described it as a “good song” and suggested changing the ending “for the sensitive ones”, adding: “And with Antonella we are all going to enjoy”.
#NOW designated National Prosecutor 94 to apply for arrest warrant e #imputation to the subject Fernando Petrocelli for the crimes of Symbolic Violence and Promotion of Hatred due to gender discrimination: against the citizen Antonella Roccuzzo, wife of LIONEL MESSI pic.twitter.com/VTe37J1lNd
– Tarek William Saab (@TarekWiliamSaab) September 2, 2021
Petrocelli, who has lived in Argentina for years, seeing the commotion caused by his trill, deleted it from his account and added: “There are every glass people, really. Ask Diego Forlán [exfutbolista y entrenador uruguayo] what they chanted at the Copa América in Argentina “.
However, after the decision of the Venezuelan Justice, he wrote a tweet offering apologies and expressed that he regretted “deeply” that his comment had “offended the ladies” and that his “reference” was to “the court songs that exist in Argentina. “. “I was wrong. It was not my intention to offend them,” he added.
Beyond the softened comments of sexual abuse made by Petrocelli, a part of the Internet users referred to the judicial measure against him. Some found the decision disproportionate while others consider that he committed a crime and that he should be held accountable, beyond a statement of apologies.
The terrible thing about the Messi issue is Petrocelli’s tweet of macho violence and the relaxed way he laughs at a rape. He has it so naturalized that it turns out to be false so ugly having so much public exposure. Do not look for it, he deleted it pic.twitter.com/fF8OKNHsfl
– Max (@maxchete) September 1, 2021
I have seen rapists and femicides say that they made a mistake and that they are sorry, but that does not mean that what they did ceases to be a crime. The apology for rape is a crime and when it comes from a public figure like Petrocelli even worse because of the scope it has. ..🧵 pic.twitter.com/kWqGWQOMS0
– 𝓖𝓾𝓮𝓻𝓻𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓪 𝓕𝓮𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓪 ☭💚 (@ GuerrillaFem78) September 2, 2021