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article imageSoccer: Mexico suspends eight players over prostitution scandal

By Christopher Bates     Jun 28, 2011 in Sports
Quito - Mexico is without eight players ahead of their Copa América campaign, after allegations of having prostitutes in their hotel rooms. The news comes off the back of their impressive 4-2 victory over the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
The eight players, who have been suspended for six months and fined $4,100 (£2,570), are: Jonathan dos Santos, Néstor Vidrio, Javier Cortés, David Cabrera, Néstor Calderón, Israel Jiménez, Jorge Hernández and Marco Fabián.
Details of the scandal broke lose when players were complaining of having personal possessions stolen from their hotel rooms. Once CCTV footage was analyzed, a squad official was shown escorting prostitutes into their rooms.
Robert Ramia, hotel manager, said: "We have videos of the women going into the rooms, brought in by a team manager of the Mexican national side."
Héctor González Iñárritu, director of team selection for Mexico, said: "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 confessed. They are very hurt, very sorry and they have said they are sorry to their fans. They are assuming the consequences."
While Mexico intends to rest players involved in the Gold Cup, they are also without Javier 'Chicharito' Hernández, who will be joining up with Manchester United ahead of their pre-season campaign in the United States. Hernández was key in Mexico's undefeated Gold Cup journey, claiming both the Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player Awards.
Earlier this month, five Mexico players were banned after testing positive for Clenbuterol - a forbidden 'weight loss' substance.
The suspended players are expected to be replaced before Monday's match against Chile.
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