Mexican Footballers Suspended

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News Americas, MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Weds. June 29, 2011: Eight football players in Mexico’s Copa America squad have been suspended for six months for indiscipline.

The Mexican Football Federation would not disclose the reasons for the suspension on Tuesday but several reports claim the players, including Jonathan Dos Santos, had female guests in their hotel rooms during training.

Israel Jimenez, Nestor Vidrio, David Cabrera, Marco Fabian, Javier Cortes, Jorge Hernandez and Nestor Calderon were the others involved in the incident which reportedly took place after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Ecuador in Mexico’s final warm-up match.

“The players confessed,” said Hector Gonzalez Inarritu, director of Mexico’s national team’s selection. “They are very hurt, very sorry and they have said they are sorry to their fans. They are assuming the consequences. I am not going into details of what happened. The rules were broken, the code of discipline was broken and I have to act.”

The players, who were each fined $4,100, are expected to be replaced.

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