Mexico suspends Vela, Juarez for six months
Carlos Vela and Efrain Juarez were suspended for six months by the Mexican federation and 11 other footballers were fined for partying after a friendly in September.
The players threw a party at the team hotel in Monterrey after a friendly against Colombia on Sept. 7. The Mexican federation offered few details, but local media said family members, friends and unidentified women attended the party, which lasted until dawn.
The players fined were Rafael Marquez, Javier Hernandez, Giovanni dos Santos, Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, Andres Guardado, Gerardo Torrado, Pablo Barrera, Hector Esqueda and Hector Moreno.
The sanctions were announced at a news conference on Tuesday by Nestor De La Torre, the director of national team selections for Mexico. He said Vela, who plays for Arsenal in the English Premier League, and Juarez, who plays for Celtic in Scotland, violated four rules from the code of conduct - including an obligation to "conduct themselves with respect and seriousness, taking into consideration what it means to represent Mexico."
"It's said they are young, but that doesn't exempt them from responsibility," De la Torre said. "The space for recreation should exist, but there are moments and places for it."
Following the World Cup, Mexico has no key matches for several more months. The next two big events are the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June in the United States followed by the Copa America in July in Argentina.
Mexico officials said they spoke with most of the players who were fined or suspended.
"Many of them totally accepted it," De la Torre said. "Others expressed some doubts, but in general it's an issue that involves something that is not a perception, but something that is written and specified."
He said the money collected from the fines may go to charity or to flood victims in Veracruz, which was hit by Hurricane Karl.