Eight players in Mexico’s Copa America squad have been suspended for six months for indiscipline, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) said on Tuesday.
The men were sent home just days before the start of the 43rd edition of the event after being caught up in an alleged sex scandal at the team’s hotel in Quito, Ecuador.
Although the FMF would not go into further details, the country’s media reported the incidents involved players having female guests in their rooms. The eight men also been fined almost 3,500 euros each.
It is the second controversy in a month for the Mexican squad. Just over two weeks ago their Gold Cup winning campaign started with five players being suspended for positive doping tests. The FMF said the positive tests were caused by contaminated meat.
As Mexico’s first team recently competed in and won the Gold Cup, the under-22 team have been sent to South America for the Copa America.
They will open their tournament on July 4 against Chile as part of Group C.
By Joe Allen (euronews)