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Mexico cracks down of partying players

  • AP, Wednesday, September 22, 2010 2:17 PM

The Mexican federation has suspended two of its biggest young stars, 21-year-old Carlos Vela and and 22-year-old Efrain Juarez, for six months and fined 11 other players for partying after a friendly in September.

The players hosted a party at the team hotel in Monterrey after a friendly against Colombia on Sept. 7. Mexican media said family members, friends and unidentified women attended the party, which lasted until dawn.

Rafael Marquez, Javier Hernandez, Giovanni dos Santos, Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, Andres Guardado, Gerardo Torrado, Pablo Barrera, Hector Esqueda and Hector Moreno were fined.

National team director Nestor De La Torre said of Vela and Juarez, who play for Arsenal and Glasgow Celtic, respectively, “It’s said they are young, but that doesn’t exempt them from responsibility. The space for recreation should exist, but there are moments and places for it."

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