Prostitute scandal jolts Mexico World Cup squad

Mexican officials said the players involved will not be sanctioned because they attended the party in their free time.

The Mexico team is in Copenhagen, where it is preparing for a friendly against Denmark on Saturday before heading on to Russia   -  AFP

Members of Mexico’s national football squad held a farewell party with around 30 prostitutes before the team travelled to Europe ahead of the World Cup, reports said on Tuesday.

According to the TVNotas gossip magazine, nine members of Mexico’s World Cup squad partied with escorts at a private compound in Mexico City last Saturday following its 1-0 win over Scotland at the Aztec Stadium. The magazine published grainy images of players arriving at the party under the headline “The true farewell of the Tri!”.

However, Guillermo Cantu, general secretary of the Mexican Football Federation, said the players would not be punished because “they have not missed training.” He said, “A free day is a free day and those are the risks that one runs with freedom.”

Among the players in attendance were goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and Benfica striker Raul Jimenez. LA Galaxy brothers Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos also attended, along with defender Carlos Salcedo and midfielder Marco Fabian, who both play for Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

The controversy echoes similar scandals which have swirled around the team in recent years.

In September 2010, Mexico players partied with women after a game in Monterrey. All participants were fined while defender Efrain Juarez and forward Carlos Vela were suspended from selection for six months. In June 2011, shortly before a trip to Argentina to participate in the Copa America, Mexican players hired sex workers in a hotel in Quito, Ecuador. They were fined and suspended from the national team for six months.

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