Official Statement from Dante and Malissa Garcia, Junyor Zanelatto

January 31, 2020



Statement from Dante & Malissa Garcia:


"We are very disappointed from the events that transpired last Saturday evening at the game in Ann Arbor. There are a lot of variables that accumulated to an undesirable outcome for all parties and stakeholders. Because of who we were playing against; not only the 2019 league champions but the legacy competition between Columbus and Ann Arbor, this is a very big, passionate and emotional game. The actions that occurred are not justified by ownership, were not a collective decision by the team, nor a direct representation from the club as a whole.  We sincerely apologize to Brett Wilner and to the National Futsal Premier League. Junyor Zanelatto has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for a long time. He has brought many joys to the sport of futsal with several teams and with our futsal family and colleagues. We understand Junyor should be given a fair consequence. No matter how talented, even when you’re angry and feel you have been wronged, we must all follow simple rules."


Statement from Junyor Zanelatto:


"To my teammates, our entire club, our fans and the league, I sincerely apologize for letting my emotions get the best of me last weekend. My previous contributions are much bigger than this mistake and this does not represent the core values I strive to reflect within this sport. I know that we are all responsible for our own actions and I can only prove my true character moving forward through futsal."




Related: On January 27th, 2020, the National Futsal Premier League released a statement on their website with an indefinite suspension to Junyor Zanelatto. We believe this is out of context to the 2019-2020 National Futsal Premier League policies and the current situation is under review. The Board states they will follow-up with a final decision.






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