FC Barcelona has come out against the accusations of “harassment” by a former player, Giovana Queiroz, to defend that all they did was relegate her to the subsidiary team as punishment for having skipped a quarantine. “It was considered a serious offense within the team’s internal code. She was not given much more importance ”, assured Markel Zubizarreta, sports manager of the women’s team, in statements to Cadena Ser.
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“All this type of harassment, sexist behavior or humiliation has no place in Barça for women or in the institution”, Zubizarreta has expressed to deny the accusations. “We do not believe that what happened is related to those adjectives,” she added, referring to Queiroz’s complaint of having been subjected to “humiliating and shameful” treatment. In addition, she has added that the complaint that the footballer presented to FIFA ended up proving the club was right.
The origin of the dispute, as the player herself, now on loan to Levante, explained, was a confinement that she considered illegal and that even the Department of Health of the Generalitat made it clear to her. However, from the club they assure that she was one of those affected by an outbreak of COVID-19 that occurred in the Masía, which caused several players to not be able to go play with their national teams, and that they acted in accordance with the protocols of the Generalitat.
“Gio made the decision to skip the confinement and go to the United States to play with Brazil,” the women’s manager insisted. “When she came back, we informed her that she would become part of Feminine B”, she has expressed. And she has added that the compliance (internal investigation) of the club determined “that there was no malpractice on the part of anyone.”