Teammates escape sanctions for feigned kiss
Soccer players pretending to kiss each other may be frowned upon
in Mexico, but it’s not a punishable offense.
The Mexican Football Federation said Tuesday it will not take
any action against two male players who feigned a smooch following
a goal. The decision comes a day after Alfonso Sabater, the head of
the federation’s disciplinary commission, said the image was not
setting a ”good example.”
America player Christian Benitez and teammate Matias Vuoso
pantomimed a kiss after Benitez scored the final goal that gave
their team a 3-2 victory over Puebla. Benitez covered Vuoso’s mouth
with his hand before pretending to kiss him during Sunday’s
”This kind of image cannot be allowed before the public, fans,
children. It cannot be seen as a good example,” Sabater said.
He said he would send a letter to America officials expressing
However, the president of America said it was only a joke.
”It was nothing prepared, just spontaneous,” Ricardo Pelaez
told the newspaper Reforma. ”A goal is the most explosive moment
in a match. I don’t see it as something bad. They are great